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Confusion Continues Over Nyege Nyege As Speaker Of Parliament And Prime Minister Clash

This year’s edition of Nyege Nyege an annual arts and music festival now hangs in balance as two arms of government remain divided over whether it should be held or not.

This year’s edition of Nyege Nyege an annual arts and music festival now hangs in balance as two arms of government remain divided over whether it should be held or not.

It started when Members of parliament led by Tororo Woman MP Sarah Opendi called for the event to be banned over sexual immorality which they claim is ‘corrupting our children’ and according to them, is something the organizers have chosen to do in the name of promoting tourism over the country’s cultural values and morals. Speaker of parliament Anita Among then ruled in favour of stopping the event.

However, cabinet led by Prime Minister Robinah Nabanja over turned the ruling of the speaker. With Tourism Minister Martin Mugarra who had submitted in favour of the event, also insisting the event must go on as it will attract over 8,000 tourists who have already bought tickets.

This year’s edition of the Nyege Nyege music and arts festival which attracts resellers from across the globe, is hanging on the balance.

Nabanja on Wednesday after meeting organizers told the press that the event will go on as planned with organizers and authorities set to follow some strict guidelines that will help curb any so called sexual immoralities at the festival.

And this position which seemed to have irked the speaker fired back that the decision made by parliemnt stands. “Nobody will overrun this Parliament as long as I am Speaker; I am elected by 415 MPs, the decision we made on #NyegeNyegeFestival stands”. Speaker Anita Among said.

Minister of ICT and National Guidance while giving government position on the matter said “Ugandans have a right to enjoy their country” and added that the executive should be given more time to consult with organizers and other stake holders involved.

As the two arms of government remain split on the matter, the main organizer of the event Aly Allybai of Talent Africa says as far he is concerned; the event has been given a green light to go ahead.

We shall keep you posted on any new developments regarding the festival..

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