Internal Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire expressed his appreciation for the security agencies, including the Police, UPDF, and sister security agencies, for successfully ensuring the safety of attendees at the Nyege Nyege festival. In a post on his social media account, Minister Otafiire praised the Ugandan security forces for their diligent efforts in securing Ugandans and foreign tourists throughout the festival.
“I would like to commend and congratulate Ugandan sister security forces; Uganda Police Force and the UPDF for the job well done, securing Ugandans and foreign tourists at the Nyege Nyege festival,” Minister Kahinda Otafire shared on his X account.
He also acknowledged the support and vigilance of international allies in light of warnings issued by Western countries. The US Embassy in Kampala advised American citizens not to attend the festival due to security concerns. At the same time, the British High Commission cautioned against non-essential travel to Jinja, emphasizing a growing terrorist threat.
President Yoweri Museveni addressed these concerns and reassured participants through a message on social media, affirming that the security forces were fully committed to safeguarding public events, including the controversial Nyege Nyege festival.
Despite facing criticism from some Ugandan leaders who view the festival as promoting immorality since its inception in 2015, Nyege Nyege has garnered increasing popularity over the years, solidifying its position as East Africa’s largest electronic music festival.