Uganda Allows Nyege Nyege Festival 24 Hours After Cancellation

  • Revellers enjoy themselves at Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda
    Revelers enjoy themselves at Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda.
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  • UPDATE Wednesday September 7: Ugandan Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja reversed an earlier decision by the country to cancel the popular Nyege Nyege Festival.

    Nabbanja promised that proper security would be availed to oversee the annual event attended by many Kenyans and hosted in Kampala, the country's capital.

    The Ugandan Parliament had cancelled the event on the premise that it was a breeding ground for sexual immorality.


    The Ugandan Government on Tuesday, September 6, cancelled the popular Nyege Nyege festival beloved by Kenyans.

    The decision was made by the Ugandan Parliament on the premise that the annual festival is rife with immoral behaviour.

    The motion to cancel the event, which was scheduled to run between Thursday, September 15 and Sunday, September 18, was tabled by Tororo Woman MP Hon Sarah Opendi.

    "Parliament has stopped the ‘Nyege Nyege’ festival, an annual social event scheduled to take place next week in Jinja. Tororo Woman MP Hon Sarah Opendi says the event is a breeding ground for sexual immorality," read the statement from Ugandan Parliament.

    Tororo Woman MP Hon Sarah Opendi
    Tororo Woman MP Hon Sarah Opendi.
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    The annual event is popular among Kenyans, some of whom had already made their way to Ugandan capital, Kampala, to secure accommodation ahead of its official launch.

    The event had four cluster of ticket prices from those targeted at die herds fans going for Ksh 3,500, early birds (Ksh 4,500), last call (Ksh 5,500) and at the gate (Ksh7,000).

    A number of Kenyan musician from Ssaru to Boutross and Exray were scheduled to perform at the sold out event.

    "Kenyans know a thing or two about Nyege Nyege...Since the first edition in 2015 Kenyans have showed us nothing but love and amazing vibes, from Sauti Sol and Blinky Bill to MC Yallah and Boutross.

    "Every year we've been blessed with the most amazing talents from Kenya, and this year once again we have a fabulous Kenyan lineup, echoing the Kenyan music scene that is becoming a global powerhouse, from gengetone to benga, afrohouse to drill and shrap, from electronics to acoustic. There is no genre in which Kenyans are not breaking new grounds," read a statement from the event's organisers on August 4.

    It is, however, not clear whether the ticket holders will be refunded the funds..

    In its 2019 edition, Kenyans took over the festival after the event's DJ played old school local songs from artists such as Mr Googz.

    Other activities offered around the festival include safari, bungee jumping, rafting and family floats.

    Revelers enjoy themselves at Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda.
    Revelers enjoy themselves at Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda.
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