Ministry of Ethics and Integrity has called for a government joint effort in regulating the annual Nyege Nyege festival in Jinja, which officials warn is a breeding ground for moral decadence.
Officials from the ministry made the call on Wednesday while appearing before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament.
Alex Okello, the ministry Permanent Secretary (PS), said whatever has happened at the annual fete so far, the ministry cannot be held responsible.
“I want to assure the house that the ministry has nothing to do with the organization, performance or whatever of Nyege Nyege. But we have been concerned with what happens there” Okello said.
In fact, Okello says, the ministry has been bent on banning the festival entirely if it weren’t for intervention from other officials in government.
The PS therefore called on parliament and other ministries to get involved on finding ways of streamlining the festival.
“We would be glad if the members of parliament, particularly the integrity forum of parliament if they can come out, that would add a voice against what has been said about Nyege Nyege”, he said.
The festival, he said, represents ‘corruption of the mind’ and ought to be similarly treated like embezzlement.
He added that the Anti-Pornographic Committee has been handicapped due to lack of sufficient funding.
So far, the committee, he said has only been able to partner with civil society and Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) to combat pornography in schools.
At the start, the committee needed 2.3 billion shillings to handle its work but received only Shs 1 billion. In the last financial year, the allocation was cut to Shs 600 million.