Leaders fighting Nyege Nyege don't want Busoga to prosper - Kadaga

Rebecca Kadaga arrives at the coronation anniversary event

Rebecca Kadaga arrives at the coronation anniversary event

The first deputy prime minister Rebecca Kadaga, has no kind words for political actors fighting against the Nyege Nyege festival scheduled to start this Thursday. 

Although given a green light by the government, speaker Anita Among and a section of MPs have persistently called for the cancellation of the festival. Now Kadaga those fighting against the festival just want to economically sabotage Busoga sub region.

Kadaga was representing President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, at the eighth coronation anniversary of the Kyabazinga, Gabula Nadiope IV on Tuesday.

She said that Nyege Nyege is the only festival which earns both direct and indirect incomes for traders within Busoga sub-region and cancelling it will definitely cripple their economy.

Kadaga who doubles as the minister in charge of East African affairs notes that the festival has already attracted thousands of foreign revellers, 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 immorality 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 to the festival on presumed exploration and a fact-finding mission.

Meanwhile, Gabula has rallied his subjects to embrace the pillars of agriculture, education and accountability, as the major means of bettering their livelihoods. 

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