Prime Minister Hon Robinah Nabbanja has given clearance for the Nyegenyege festival to go on. This follows the legislative conclusion during the Tuesday seating of banning the festival alleging it’s a breeding spot for promoting sexual immorality in the country.
According to the prime minister, the festival will go on as planned, but under strict guidelines to ensure safe morale.
After a meeting with the festival organizers and stakeholders, Hon Nabbanja said tickets had already been sold and it was a good opportunity for the country’s tourism sector.
“The event [Nyege Nyege] will go on but under strict guidelines. It attracts thousands of foreign tourists; we can’t miss out on this opportunity at a time when the country is recovering from the effects of Covid-19,” Hon Nabbanja said.
The Tororo MP Sarah Opendi on Tuesday tabled a call to ban the Nyege Nyege event claiming it promotes immorality and goes against the moral fabric of the nation, arguing that it would be the perfect breeding ground for homosexuality.
Speaker Among stance elicited mixed reactions, with several Ugandans claiming that Nyege Nyege is a popular tourist destination that also supports small businesses.
The festival’s organizers claim that their event will focus on electronic music scenes from across Africa, as well as sounds from the global diaspora and others.
This popular Nyege Nyege festival of 2022 is scheduled to take place from the 15th to the 18th of September at Itanda falls in Jinja.