A lawmaker in Uganda has sneaked to parliament with a handful of locusts.
David Obala Ngora County MP surprised the house on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, when he asked speaker of the house for permission to produce the locust as evidence that they are in Uganda.
When the lawmaker stood to contribute about a debate concerning the locust, he bent and shoved a plastic bottle that was full of live insects.
When displaying the insects, Obala said, “Madam Speaker allow me to show the world that locust exists, and I want your permission to table them.”
Some legislators sited next to him passed the bottle around to confirm if they were locust. One of the members stood and protested against the move by Obala.
Later, Obala was asked to hand over the locust to sergeant at arms, which he did due to pressure from fellow MPs.
The debate was initiated because Ugandan government was not responding to the locust invasion despite fears. The locust crisis would lead to food shortages once they invade the country.
The desert locust invasion started from Yemen, crossed to Somalia, and finally to Kenya and other parts of Northern Africa.
However, Paul Kuguru, a real estate guru and technologist, says he will buy the insects to process animal feeds. Also, he says the locust feeds are rich in vitamins, roughages, and minerals.
Therefore, Kenyans have been urged to trap the locust and sell them to him since he will buy one kilogram of the dried insects at Ksh 50.