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Gov’t Reviewing Nyege Nyege Festival – Lokodo

The Ethics and Integrity Minister, Rev Fr. Simon Lokodo, says a technical team from his office is compiling a report detailing what transpired at the just conclude Nyege Nyege festival.

The highly publicized Nyege Nyege festival took place at the Nile Discovery Resort beach in Njeru Municipality in Buikwe district between Friday and Sunday last week.

The festival brought together people from different parts of the world. Lokodo had stopped the festival, saying it promotes sexual immorality and comprises Uganda’s national values and integrity. However, cabinet okayed the festival and issued guidelines to Talent Africa, which organised the festival.

These included among others providing police unfettered access to the venue, registration of revelers both by the police and organisers, screening of participants, denying access to minor, ban on procession no processions to and from the venue.

Now, Fr. Lokodo says his technical committee is reviewing the festival and report back by end of this week. He says the future of the festival is dependent on the committee findings.

Before the controversial festival was called off, its proponents had advanced the business argument: ranging from tourists snapping up hotel rooms and private homes, market for food and crafts.

But Lokodo argues that government cannot forego cultural values at the expense of making money.

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