Uganda bans music festival deemed ‘immoral’ – Agence Afrique

The Ugandan parliament has just banned the music festival called “Nyege Nyegeé” which should be held on September 15 in the city of Jinja, located in the south-east of the country.

This festival should bring together, for four days, several musical artists from various countries, and attract several thousand tourists to Uganda. But the deputies ruled that it “promotes immorality”, since the expression “Nyege Nyege” means an irresistible urge to dance in the Luganda language, but can also have sexual connotations in other dialects of the region.

Ugandan elected officials want above all to prevent this festival from being an opportunity to promote homosexuality, an illegal and severely repressed practice in this East African country.

The festival had already been banned in 2018 by the former Minister of Ethics, Simon Lokodo, a devout Catholic and notorious homophobe. “We will not accept losing our morality, homosexuality will not be accepted,” he said, arguing that the festival “is close to the veneration of the devil and therefore unacceptable”. But Mr. Lokodo had to backtrack, due to the controversy sparked on social networks.

“Nyege Nyege” has not been organized since, due to restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic. Ugandan Tourism Minister Martin Mugarura has lamented the banning of the festival this year, saying it will have a negative impact on the national economy which is struggling to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. .

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