The Minister of Ethics Rv. Fr. Simon Lokodo has withdrawn a ban forbidding Nyege Nyege Festival from taking place.
The clearance comes a day after the state minister for ethics ordered the cancellation of the festival over claims that it will promote homosexuality in the country. Lokodo had asked Police to enforce the order.
Nyege Nyege is slated to run from Thursday September 6 to Sunday September 9.
Below is the full press statement on the matter.
Fellow countrymen, due to some compliance concerns on the part of the Nyege Nyege Festivals, I had a pronouncement yesterday to stop the festival. After consultation, intra government and security agencies as well as discussions with the event organizers this morning, we have now found middle ground that takes into account the concerns of government as well as those of the organizers.
I now, therefore, take the opportunity to inform the public that the event is now cleared to proceed subject to the guidelines and conditions we have agreed upon with the organizers which they have pledged total compliance with.
I wish the public and event goers to be mindful of the requirements for safety, security law and order, ethical behavior, health and sanitation as they participate in the festival. The compliance and successful conduct of this event free of the threats and mischief while promoting our values is what we are all desire.
Thank you very much
Hon. Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo (MP)
State Minister for Ethics and Integrity