The Minister for Ethics and Integrity, Rev Fr Simon Lokodo has confirmed the cancelling of the annual MTN Nyege Nyege festival that was due Thursday September 6 to Sunday September 9.
Lokodo insists that the festival is full of open sex, noise, homosexuality and allowing it happen risks compromising the national integrity and puts citizens at risk of deviant sexual immorality.
The minister also claims that three- day festival is covered by alcohol and music, drugs, toxicants which are not accepted by this country.
“There will be nudity and sexuality done at any time of the hour. There will be open sex. The very name of the festival is provocative. It means “sex, sex” or urge for sex. We have been informed it’s taking place near Owen Fall’s dam. This brings uncertainty and fear,” he said.
“Let foreigners not come to Uganda for sex. If you are coming for sexual reasons worse still homosexuality and LGBT, stay away. On that basis, MTN Nyege Nyege is cancelled,” he added.
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