Fun lovers in Uganda have every reason to smile after authorities on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, gave a green light for the Nyege Nyege festival to go on as planned.
Ugandan state broadcaster UBC reports that the festival was approved in a meeting chaired by the country's Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.
Nabbanja agreed with the event's organizers and other stakeholders that the festival will go on but with strict guidelines.
JUST IN: Meeting chaired by the Prime Minister, Rt Hon @RobinahNabbanja has agreed with the Nyege Nyege organizers and other stakeholders that the festival will go on but under strict guidelines. #UBCUpdates pic.twitter.com/nPqUaqBYfG— UBC UGANDA (@ubctvuganda) September 7, 2022
Fury over Nyege Nyege festival
The news comes a day after the Ugandan parliament blocked the annual social event scheduled to take place from September 15 to 18, in Jinja claiming it promotes sexual immorality.
During a plenary sitting on Tuesday, Speaker of the House Anita Among said the House had resolved to ban the event to safeguard the morality of the country.
"We are talking about the morality of this country we are talking about our children. You are trying to promote tourism at the expense of our children? We are not going to allow this function to take place," she declared.
The fun-filled event was to be held on the banks of the Nile at Itanda Falls with over 8,000 foreigners having booked tickets.
According to the Nyege Nyege festival’s organisers, their event focuses on electronic music scenes across Africa, as well as sounds from the global diaspora and others.