Ministers disagree over nyege nyege festival
Internal Affairs Minister Gen Jeje Odong has turned down a request by the State Minister for Ethics and Integrity Fr Simon Lokodo to ban the Nyege Nyege music festival.
Lokodo wrote to Odong on Monday urging him to stop the festival’s organisers on grounds that it is used as ground to recruit the youth into homosexuality and LGBT movement.
The famous nyegenyege festival is celebrated annually with performances from local, regional and international artists.
This year’s festival is planned for Sept 6th -9th at Nile resort beach in Jinja.
It attracts revellers from different countries.
In his letter to Odong, Lokodo said that he has been receiving information from credible sources that the event is used in recruitment of young people in to homosexuality, lesibian, gay, bisexual and transgender movements, practices that have been condemned in the country by the anti-homosexuality law.
“The underlying motive beneath this heavily advertised event, may comprise the national integrity of our nation and put our citizens at risk of deviant sexual immorality.” Lukodo noted.
“I urge you to instruct the inspector general of police to stop this event. I also propose to have a meeting with you, the inspector general of police, Director CID, to discuss this matter further.”
In a tweet on Tuesday evening, the executive director of the Uganda Media Centre, Ofwono Opondo urged the organisers to go ahead with their preparations since Odong saw no reason for stopping it.
“Just spoken to Internal Affairs Minister Gen. J. J. Odongo, he states #NyegeNyege organizers should go ahead with prepations for their function. Further review meeting involving all stakeholders is scheduled for 10.00am tomorrow (today, Wednesday),” Opondo tweeted.