Uganda’s Nyege Nyege festival back with a bang and set to go ahead after nearly getting banned

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Nyege Nyege festival slated to go on

Uganda has backtracked from its plan to ban the popular Nyege Nyege festival, an annual social event.

Speaking to journalist Rt. Hon. Nabbanja Robinah, Woman Representative Kakumiro District and who doubles up as the Prime Minister of Uganda said the government has tasked the Ministry of Ethics and Integrity, as well as the ministry of ICT and National Guidance and the organizers to come up with guidelines that will be followed during the Nyege Nyege festival

Nyege Nyege festival is breeding grounds for immorality

On Tuesday, the Ugandan Parliament had directed the ministries of Tourism and Ethics and Integrity to block the forthcoming Nyege Nyege festival, scheduled to take place next week in Jinja District, arguing that it promotes immorality in the country.

The debate about the carnival was sparked by Tororo Woman MP Sarah Opendi, perceived to be a moralist, who raised concerns about the event on the floor of the August House, telling fellow legislators that it should be banned because it’s a breeding ground for sexual immorality.

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Ms Opendi said Nyege Nyege festival will likely promote homosexuality among many young people if the organisers are not stopped.

State minister for tourism, Mr  Martin Mugarra tried to defend the festival saying that ‘Nyege Nyege’ is a hub of tourism, and over 8,000 foreign tourists had already booked tickets to attend the event to no avail.

About Nyege Nyege

Nyege Nyege festival

The festival is an annual festival held on the shores of River Nile in Jinja District, The festival which has been held in Uganda for the last 10 years was first held in the country on October 16, 2015.

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According to a statement issued by the organisers, the festival—built on love, resilience and passion for music—will this year have a special emphasis on visual art installations.

This year’s Nyege Nyege

The festival dates and times are as follows:

OPENING: Thursday 2pm September 15th 2022.

CLOSING: The music stops on Monday Morning 8am September 19th 2022. Festival Goers need to vacate the festival site by 11am September 19th 2022.

TICKETING GATE CLOSES on Sunday at 1pm :  18th Sept   2022.  Thereafter only individuals with a wristband are allowed to enter and leave the festival ground.

Campers need to vacate the site by Monday 11am September 19th 2022.

The NYEGE NYEGE Campsite opens from 2pm –  Thursday 15th Sept 2022.


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