Uganda music festival goes ahead but orgies are banned


Revellers have begun to arrive at Itanda Falls on the banks of the River Nile in Uganda’s eastern region of Jinja, as the Nyege Nyege music festival begins.

Uganda’s parliament had issued a directive that it should be cancelled over alleged immorality.

The parliamentarians’ stand pitted them against government officials who argued that the festival would bring in much-needed revenue following the Covid-19 lockdown. They also said the festival promotes the country’s profile as a tourism hub.

Festival organisers have however been issued with a number of guidelines to follow.

Among them are that minors are barred from the venue, sex orgies and nudity are prohibited as well as vulgar language, songs, expressions and gestures.

Security at the venue is being manned by both the police and the army.

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This is the seventh time the event, which showcases mainly electronic music from across the continent, is being held in the country and it has always courted controversy.

Over 8,000 tourists are expected to attend.

Talking to the BBC’s Newsday programme Bernard Ewalu Olupot, who has attended the festival since its launch, said Nyege Nyege was “a very good melting pot for lovers of music, and art, and expression, from all around the world”.

“As a Ugandan, I love the fact that this is the one time when Ugandans and the rest of the world get together in Uganda”.

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