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Drama as MPs, Prime Minister clash over Nyege Nyege festival

By Wangu Kanuri September 8th, 2022 2 min read

Ugandan Parliamentarians and the Prime Minister seem to have clashed over the on-off-on-again Nyege Nyege festival.

Parliament banned the festival over concerns of “immorality” presented by Tororo MP Sarah Opendi who argued that the event is a breeding ground for sexual immorality.

“Parliament has stopped the ‘Nyege Nyege’ festival, an annual social event scheduled to take place next week in Jinja. Tororo Woman MP Hon Sarah Opendi says the event is a breeding ground for sexual immorality,” Ugandan parliament tweeted.

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However, according to Robinah Nabbanja, the Prime Minister the festival was to continue having ‘unbanned’ it.

“Premier Robinah Nabbanja says the event will go on as planned but under strict guidelines since many foreign guests had already paid for tickets. She says the government is going to engage Speaker,” the Daily Monitor tweeted.

Tourism minister Martin Mugarra while defending the event said it was a tourist attraction that earns the country revenue.

However, Anita Among, the Uganda Speaker in rebuttal questioned the tourism attraction event notion while children’s morals were also on the table.

She said, “We are talking about the morality of this 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 part.”

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Now Parliament is warning Prime Minister Nabbanja against defying the Speaker’s directive of halting the annual social event dubbed “Nyege Nyege” scheduled to take place in Jinja next week.

Nyege Nyege festival is an annual event that aims at celebrating music in Africa and other parts of the world.

This year’s edition of the event will be the first in-person edition since the pandemic struck.

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

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