By Ahmed Matovu
KAMPALA: The Parliament of Uganda on Tuesday afternoon halted the ‘Nyege Nyege’ festival, an annual social event scheduled to take place next week in Jinja.
However, following a stakeholders’ meeting this afternoon involving the security, they resolved the annual festival to take place as planned before.
‘’The stakeholders have resolved for the annual festival to take place since security has promised to ensure order during the festivals,’’ the source said.
During the plenary on Tuesday, the Tororo Woman Member of Parliament Hon Sarah Opendi said that the event is a breeding ground for sexual immorality.
Efforts by the Minister of State for Tourism Hon Martin Mugarra to defend the event as a hub of tourism met resistance from the House.
Mugarra said over 8,000 foreigner tourists have already booked tickets for the event. ‘’Over 8,000 foreigner tourists have already booked tickets for the event,’’ he told the house.
“I come from Busoga, I have witnessed this Nyege Nyege, it is totally immoral. We can’t sacrifice the morals of Ugandans because of tickets that have been sold, If the Minister wants Nyege nyege let him take it to his district” ~ Hon. Maurice Kibalya.
Rt. Hon. Anitah Annet Among the Speaker of Parliament had earlier directed that Nyege Nyege should not be held saying tickets can’t be sold on the expense of Ugandan children adding that they can’t allow the function to take place.
‘’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 said.
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