By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja has summoned an emergency meeting with stakeholders and Cabinet ministers to discuss the way forward for the annual festival Nyege Nyege.
In her letter dated Sept 7, Nabbanja invited the Ministers of Tourism, Internal Affairs, Gender, Labour and Social Development, ICT and National Guidance and Ethics and integrity to discuss “matters relating to the hosting of Nyege Nyege concert”.
“I am informed that the above concert has been taking place annually in Jinja district. As you may have noted, there has been public concern over the forthcoming concert and it has generated serious debate in Parliament,” Nabbanja’s letter reads in part.
“This is, therefore, to invite you for a meeting on Wednesday 7th September 2022 at the Office of the Prime Minister, First Floor boardroom starting at 8:30 am to discuss the above matter.” the letter added.
Nabbanja’s letter follows a decision by Parliament to cancel Nyege Nyege, a popular music festival citing immortality.
The Speaker of parliament Anita Among yesterday revealed that parliament “will not permit the event to take place.”
“We are discussing the morality of this nation; we are discussing our kids. You want to advance tourism at the expense of our kids, right? We won’t permit this activity to take place.” Among declared in Parliament Yesterday.
The festival that is scheduled for Thursday, 15 September 2022 for three days at Itanda Falls at the Source of the Nile in Jinja district was first held in 2013.
Hon. Martin Mugarra, the Minister of State for Tourism, defended Nyege Nyege noting that it is a huge tourism opportunity that has so far attracted over 8,000 tourists flying into Uganda and have bought entry tickets and booked hotels.
“As we speak now, around 8,000 foreigners have already paid tickets and have booked to come and sleep in this country,” he said. He agreed that there was a need to set conditions for the event to happen.
Hon. Rose Lilly Akello, the Minister of Ethics and Integrity said that the government has been working together with the Uganda Police and the event organisers and that the latter have been summoned for a meeting in which they will have to agree to certain terms and conditions for the event to proceed.
“Children below 18 years are not allowed to attend the event. Secondly, nobody should go to that event naked, nobody should go to the event naked, nobody should go to the event with exposure of the body, and nobody should do any immoral activities,” Akello said.
For the last 5 years, Nyege Nyege has been Uganda’s biggest tourism event attracting thousands of international and domestic tourists, however, legislators including Tororo Woman MP Hon Sarah Opendi contend that the event has always been a breeding ground for sexual immorality in the country and that’s why it was hidden in Jinja, not in Kampala City.
It’s worth noting that in 2018, former Minister of Ethics (RIP) Father Simon Lokodo requested that the event be cancelled saying that he had got enough proof that it was promoting homosexuality and moral decay but he was overpowered reportedly by homosexual sponsors conniving with ruthless Ugandan mafias in government.