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Uganda Airline Struggles To Fix Grasshopper Hawking Shame

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Uganda national carrier is struggling to neutralize the shame caused by a leaked video showing a vendor selling grasshoppers aboard Uganda Airlines flight 446 destined for Dubai.

A male vendor identified as Paul Mubiru could be seen scooping grasshoppers and selling to excited passengers aboard the national carrier, en route to Dubai on November 26.

Uganda Airlines condemned the act saying it happened just as passengers were boarding the flight.

Gen Edward Katumba Transport Minister ordered the immediate suspension of Uganda Airlines crew who were on duty.

“I have spoken to the leadership of the airline to take action against the staff who were in charge when this happened,” Katumba tweeted.

However, to most Ugandans the decision to suspend the crew was unnecessary.

“This is our national airline and grasshoppers [nsenene] are a common delicacy which this season around was pretty scarce, let’s just learn from this. Good enough Uganda Airlines has made a very clear statement that grasshoppers will be included on the onboard menu,” one Ugandan tweeted.

With a failed Public relations effort to neutralize the shame, Uganda’s national carrier, said they would consider adding grasshoppers to its menu for local and international flights, upon request, adding it will boost the East African nation’s culture.

“We have picked lessons from this incident. Some of our customers enjoy Nsenene. The addition of the delicacy to our menu will bring the Ugandan culture to the world,” the airline said.

Vendor Apologises

The trader Paul Mubiru has written a letter to the management of Uganda Airlines apologizing for the act caught on camera aboard Airbus 330-800Neo. Mubiru is a frequent traveler to Dubai.

Mubiru was seen selling grasshoppers for 10,000 shillings in a transparent polythene bag.

However, Thaddeus Musoke the chairperson of Kampala City Traders Association (KACITA) says that even though Mubiru has apologized, he will have to be punished. “We must punish Mubiru to instill discipline among traders.”

“He cannot go unpunished because he even refused to listen to fellow traders and airline crew who told him not to sell nsenene.” He says Mubiru, a frequent flier, is expected to return on Sunday November 28, and that traders will decide on his fate next week during a meeting.

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  2. Dorah

    November 30, 2021 at 8:47 am

    You are idiots

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    November 30, 2021 at 8:49 am

    Approved or NOT just know that you Bavandimwe are IDIOTS.

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Flights From Dubai To Nairobi Resume

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Kenya government has lifted a ban on flights from Dubai entering its territory ending a weeks-long dispute with the United Arab Emirates.

The East African nation had imposed a ban on all inbound and transit passenger flights from the Middle East nation two weeks ago. The ban was lifted Monday midnight, offering a major relief to hundreds of travellers between the two destinations.

The ban did not however affect cargo flights that are normally flown by carriers such as Kenya Airways (KQ) and Emirates airline from UEA into Kenya.

“Kenya shall do a NOTAM lifting the suspension of flights to and from UAE from midnight tonight (Monday),’’ said Gilbert Kibe Director-General Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA).

The ban came a few days after UAE extended the Kenya flight ban after it established that travellers from Nairobi were testing positive for Covid-19 after arrival in the Middle East nation, despite carrying negative test results.

Kibe said the scheme involved a racket of private medical testing centres that colluded with travellers to issue fake Covid-19 PCR results to aid their travel.

The Ministry of Health has however launched investigations into the matter with a view to bringing to book health officials who were involved in the shoddy deal that has now coasted Kenya millions of shillings in lost passenger revenues.

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“It is very hard to get grand Primus beers. Every time I send someone to get them from the depot we are told that distributors  haven’t supplied,” says Christine Nyiramariza a bar owner in Gatsibo district.

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According to Rwanda Stock Exchange, as of Friday, the value of Bralirwa share had dropped to Rwf124.

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Equity Bank Gets £37m From British Agency To Lend SMEs

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UK’s Minister for Africa, Vicky Ford MP (pictured above) said his government was extending a total of £37 million to Equity Bank Kenya for onward lending to small businesses.

“Our economic partnership is delivering impressive results, and we have some ambitious, exciting plans for the future. Plans that will deliver for Kenya, and for the UK, long into our shared future,” she said.

This money is being channeled through UK’s development finance institution British International Investment (BII) – formerly known as CDC Group. BII is a key part of the UK government’s wider plans to mobilise up to £8 billion a year of public and private sector investment in international projects by 2025.

This will include BII partnering with capital markets and sovereign wealth funds to scale up financing and help the private sector move in.

BII will prioritise sustainable infrastructure investment to provide clean, honest and reliable financing and avoid low and middle-income countries being left with bad and unsustainable debt.

Ford also stated that the UK will increase its support for green manufacturing in Kenya by providing an additional £400,000 to help Kenya build a green manufacturing industry, increasing its support to the Ministry of Trade and the wider Kenyan manufacturing sector in this area.

Green manufacturing was highlighted by President Kenyatta at COP26 as a key opportunity for Kenya to create new green jobs.

The funding through the UK’s Manufacturing Africa programme will provide expert analysis and advice on how government policy and the organised private sector can help build this industry and create new green jobs for Kenyans.

Kenya is already the third biggest portfolio for BII, with Sh42 billion investments across 83 companies. Those companies support 36,350 jobs and pay Sh2.6 billion in taxes.

“This is how we will deliver world-class projects, characterised by high standards and outstanding expertise, without forcing huge new debts onto countries such as Kenya,” she said.

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