The Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Rev Fr Simon Lokodo has written to the Minister of Internal affairs and the Inspector General of Police asking that the upcoming Nyege Nyege cultural festival be stopped.
According to Lokodo, the festival which is sponsored by MTN, may compromise the national integrity and put citizens at risk of deviant sexual immorality.
“The nature of this event has attracted the attention of several stake holders who have taken keen interest in it. Consequently, I have received credible information for religious leaders, opinion leaders, and local authorities that the person of this festival, in the last two years, has been compromised to accommodate the celebration and recruitment of young people into homosexuality, and LGBT movement,” Lokodo said.
“Whereas the Anti-Homosexuality law was challenged in Courts of Law, the practice of deviant sexual behaviours have never been condoned in this country as such, it is our responsibility as government to protect the citizens against such vices,” Lokodo added.
Lokodo however insists that the government is committed to celebration of uniqueness and diversity of cultures in Uganda through music, culture and hospitality as a Pearl of Africa and key pillar of fundamental change ushered in by the NRM regime.
The Nyege Nyege festival is a showcase of the connections between Africa and the rest of the world with Cumbia from South America, vodou jazz from Haiti and underground hip hop from America. Nyege Nyege takes its inspiration from the legendary World Festival of the Black Arts’ that took place in Dakar Senegal in 1966.
The festival, which is sponsored by Bell Lager , Uganda Waragi and MTN Uganda, was scheduled for , Jinja, at the beach front of Nile Discovery Beach from Thursday 6th September to Sunday 9th September 2018