Ugandan Parliament calls for cancellation of ‘Nyege Nyege’ festival

Revelers at a past 'Nyege Nyege' festival./COURTESY

There will be no ‘Nyege Nyege’ festival this year.

This is after Uganda the ‘Nyege Nyege’ festival that was supposed to take place next week.

The parliament canceled the event on grounds of immorality.

Tororo Woman MP said the event, which was scheduled to take place next week from the 15th to 18th of September, 2022, in Jinja, was a breeding ground for sexual immorality.

However, Uganda State Minister for Tourism Martin Mugarra was against the cancellation arguing that ‘Nyege Nyege’ was a hub for tourism.

Mugarra said that 8,000 foreign tourists had already booked tickets for the event.

“We are talking about morality of the country; we are talking about our children. You are trying to promote tourism at the expense of our children? We are not going to allow this function to take place,” said House Speaker Anita Among.

“I come from Busoga, I have witnessed this ‘Nyege Nyege’, it is totally immoral. We cannot sacrifice the morals of Ugandans because of tickets that have been sold,” said Maurice Kibalya, a legislature.

Meanwhile, Uganda State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Rose Lilly Akello supported the cancellation said immorality was not wanted in the country.

“Nyege Nyege must be stopped. ‘Why should it be stopped?’ Because they take underage children, they do a lot of immoral activities there. Immoral activities which are not even worth to be mentioned,” said Rose Lilly Akello.

The festival is an annual event which has been taking place since 2015.

It brings local and international artists in a music festival that lasts for over three days.

Tickets for East Africa citizens sell at sh.5,500 while International tickets go for $120 + $15 which is around sh.16,240.