Ugandan man, Paul Miburi, and his colleague, Hajib Kiggundu are now being sued for selling a roasted Roasted local delicacy known as Nsenene in Uganda Airlines and may likely be facing a 7-year jail term for the act.
Paul and his friend are both dealers of electronics, cellphones and accessories, went viral after a clip of their side hustle was uploaded online on TikTok. Paul was supposedly selling while his friend was capturing, and he will be treated as an accomplice to a crime.
Paul was seen selling grasshoppers from a big blue polyethene bag on board, while the plane was still being boarded by passengers, He would scoop a handful of grasshoppers and pack them in a transparent polyethene bag at 10,000 Shillings (US$2.80).
They’re accused of refusing to follow lawful instructions while onboard, contrary to Civil Aviation security regulations, 2012.
They are were persecuted after they were arrested by security officers arrested earlier this week, when they touched down in Dubai aboard Uganda Airlines flight 445.
Spokesperson of the Uganda Police Force, Fred Enanga said the two businessmen have been charged with three counts of common nuisance behaviour, negligence, and refusal to follow lawful inflight instructions.
Paul and Hajib are being charged with “negligence act” likely to cause the spread of an infectious disease, namely COVID-19 contrary to Section 171 of the Penal Code Act, 1950, and common nuisance, contrary to section 160 of the Penal Code Act behaviour while on board.
Enanga also confirmed the video was recorded by Kiggundu, who later shared it on Tiktok and other social media platforms, drawing criticism and praise from the general public.
He noted that while passengers can carry roasted grasshoppers, Mubiru acted illegally by selling the grasshoppers on board. Mubiru and Kiggundu also allegedly refused to follow inflight instructions.