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Museveni praises police for protecting ‘suspected sinners’ at Nyege Nyege festival

Uganda President Yoweri Museveni has heaped praise to the country’s security agencies for ‘protecting local and international revellers’ who defied travel advisories from the British High Commission and the US embassy in Uganda to attend the just concluded Nyege Nyege festival in Jinja city.

In a statement on November 15, 2023, Museveni said this year’s festival ended without any security hitches despite a travel advisories and terror alerts from the UK and USA.

“I want to congratulate the security for successfully protecting the suspected sinners of Nyege Nyege inJinja until their function was over without a single incident. This shows you the strength of the Ugandan security system- to be able to guard such a long pre-announced massive public function, the threats of the terrorists notwithstanding,” he said.

He acknowledged that some members of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) had sent infiltrators to disrupt the Nyege Nyege Festival. He said ‘it is true that the pigs of ADF in Congo had sent a few infiltrators to try to disrupt the function of the ‘suspected sinners’.

Museveni also castigated America and Britain for cautioning their citizens from attending Nyege Nyege due to terrorism threats, calling them ‘mistake makers’.

“I hear that the panicking Americans and British sent out, what they call advisories, to their citizens not to come to Uganda. These are mistake makers. If the situation was so bad, it would be us to advise people not to come to Uganda, not the British and the Americans,” he said.

President Museveni further stated that, if a mistake occurs, we (Uganda) know how to handle it and that the advisories by some actors are just another form of interference in Uganda’s internal affairs.

According to Uganda Police, 45 Suspects were arrested during the recently concluded Nyege Nyege Festival over theft of 20 phones and one car.

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