Just like this very site reported earlier today, Wednesday 5th September 2018, State Minister for Ethics & Integrity Hon. Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo has issued a statement confirming that the much anticipated MTN Nyege Nyege Festival will go on as scheduled.
This is contrary to his letter written yesterday addressed to Internal Affairs Minister Hon. Jeje Odongo requesting for the cancellation of the event scheduled for this weekend from 6th-9th September 2018 at Nile Discovery Beach in Jinja.
In his statement, Lokodo concedes defeat and announces that Nyege Nyege will take place but only under the guidelines set in a meeting earlier today between government and the event organizers chaired by Jeje Odongo.
“Fellow countrymen, due to some compliance concerns on the part of the Nyege Nyege Festival organizers, I had made pronouncement yesterday to stop the festival. After consultations, intra government and security agencies as well as discussions with the event organizers this morning, we have now found middle ground that takes into account the concerns of government as well as those of the organizers.
I now, therefore, take this opportunity to inform the public that the event is now cleared to proceed subject to the guidelines and conditions we have agreed upon with the organizers which they have pledged total compliance with.
I wish the public and event goers to be mindful of the requirements for safety, security, law and order, ethical behavior, health and sanitation as they participate in the festival. The compliance and successful conduct of this event free of the threats and mischief while promoting our valves is what we all desire. Thank you very much.” Lokodo’s statement reads in full.