The management of Uganda Airlines says it is considering adding the nsenene delicacy to its menu for regional and international flights.
This follows a viral clip in which a man identified as Paul Mubiru is seen vending grasshoppers, which are locally referred to as nsenene, aboard a Dubai-bound Uganda Airlines plane.
Mubiru, 27, issued a statement on November 27th addressed to the country manager of the national carrier, saying that he recorded the video for “comedy purposes”, specifically “TikTok deeds” and not “transactional gains”.
He also issued a video apology echoing the same remorse.
The viral video has since attracted a lot of criticism from online commentators, with a section wondering how staff could have just let Mubiru conduct business in such an ambiance.
Others questioned his packaging which they said was not pleasant to the eye.
Management of the national carrier also released a statement in which they said they had “picked lessons from the incident”.
According to the statement, the excitement on the plane might have stemmed from the fact that the nsenene are not in plenty this season.
It further added that the airline is considering adding delicacy to its menu.
“We are considering adding nsenene…to our menu for regional and international flights on request. This additional of nsenene on our menu will bring the Uganda culture to the world,” the statement read.
With this addition, the Uganda Airlines management reasons that the move would boost tourism marketing and the livelihood of people in the grasshopper value chain.