We, Ugandans, eat grasshoppers, not locusts, Joy Doreen Biira tells KOT
Are they food or not? This is the question the online community wants to know after the invasion of desert locust in the country.
A discussion that has compelled former TV news anchor Joy Doreen Biira to step in and defend herself and her people in Uganda.
This after numerous trolls emerged on social media, where netizens had a field day coming up with hilarious jokes of why the insects would never fly to the neighbouring country because they are a common delicacy in their meals.
But Biira responded by explaining that Ugandans eat the green grasshopper whose scientific name is Ruspolia Nitidula and not the desert locust.
“One last time… the grasshoppers eaten by Ugandans are far different from the locusts that have invaded parts of Kenya… okay? We the grasshopper eating Ugandans shall call for dissolving of EAC if this “locusts are eaten by Ugandans” continues. Edible grasshopper’s scientific name is Ruspolia Nitidula the ones that have invaded parts of Kenya are being likened to these,” tweeted Ms Biira.
However Kenyans on Twitter were relentless in their pursuit of creating more memes.
????Bottom line, you eat grasshoppers no?
— Lindah Oguttu (@lindahoguttu) January 14, 2020
Grasshopper,locusts same difference. You close your eyes they all taste the same. Talking from experience. Ugandans eat both,which ever invades first. They are not ‘racist ‘ when it comes to eating these invaders. They play fair.
— George Omondi (@Georgemikeian) January 14, 2020
Why die of hunger when these locusts are available. In this ecosystem only the fittest survive and if it means eating locusts so be it.
— Kakungulu Edward (@Princekaed) January 14, 2020
Now the ones you eat are the ones I don’t eat, “kwa ground things are different but kwa meza they are all food.” #Ugandans welcome for lunch, we have sent @JoyDoreenBiira to give the invitation. Karifu
— Michael Churchil (@churchilmichael) January 14, 2020
Locusts are gangsta grasshoppers.
— henry abuya (@abuya_henry) January 14, 2020
There are no poisonous locusts, why choose a “diff” one and I bet they all taste the same? Please come help us take away your delicacy for free?
— rejay (@rejay88) January 14, 2020
Those desert locusts are also edible and rich in proteins… I’ve watched a number of documentaries on YouTube where Indians hunt and fry those locusts!
— ????? ??????? (@MissMuhindo) January 14, 2020