By Our Reporter
The first deputy Prime Minister Rebecca Kadaga has stressed that leaders fighting against the Nyege Nyege festival scheduled to start tomorrow, 15th September at the Itanda falls in Butagaya Sub County in Jinja district want to economically sabotage Busoga sub region.
The former Speaker of Parliament made this statement while representing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at the eighth coronation anniversary of the Kyabazinga, HRH Gabula Nadiope IV on 13th September 2022.
Tuesday, Kadaga stressed that Nyege Nyege is the only festival which earns both direct and indirect incomes for traders within Busoga sub region and canceling it will definitely cripple their economy.
The current Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among had last week directed that the Nyege Nyege Festival be stopped.
She also wondered if the event is not held, what will the country lose.
She said that the country should not be sold in the name of tourism.
Now Kadaga, who doubles as the Minister in charge of East African affairs said that the festival has already attracted thousands of foreign revelers, who have since pitched camp at the different hotels within Busoga sub region, Buikwe and Kayunga districts respectively ahead of the festival.
She further argues that Uganda is a morally upright country and it is impossible for responsible authorities to approve immoral festivals aimed at degenerating the cultural values of society.
Kadaga stressed that it would be totally unfair for political leaders to agitate for the cancellation of Nyege Nyege, yet similar festivals are carried out in the different parts of the country unchallenged.
She further challenged leaders to use their platforms in promoting the economic interests of Busoga, rather than sabotaging them.
Kadaga however says that the mixed reactions being peddled by different leaders against the Nyege Nyege concept, have instead created curiosity within the wider public domain, which has in turn rallied more formally uninterested individuals, to flock the festival on presumed exploration and a fact finding mission.