By Fred Kiva
KAMPALA. The Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity, Fr Simon Lokodo has written his Internal Affairs counterpart Gen Jeje Odongo seeking to block this year’s MTN Nyegenyege Concert.
In his letter Lokodo says he has received credible information that the purpose of the festival has been compromised to pave way for recruitment of young people into homosexuality.
“The nature of this event has attracted the attention of several stakeholders who have taken keen interest in it. Consequently, I have received credible information from religious leaders, opinion leaders and local authorities that the purpose of this festival , in the last two years has been compromised to accommodate the celebration and recruitment of young people into homosexuality and the LGBT (Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender) movement,” the Minister said in a September 3 letter.
Lokodo noted that although the homosexuality Act 2014 was challenged by rights activists in courts of law, Uganda can never condone “the practice of deviant sexual behaviours.”
“The letter therefore serves to inform you as the Minister responsible for Internal Affairs that; the underlying motive beneath this heavily advertised event may compromise the national integrity of our nation and put our citizens at risk of deviant sexual immorality,” Lokodo added.
The Constitutional Court in 2014 annulled the anti-homosexual law enacted by Parliament, following a petition from gay rights activists. The legislation slapped a life sentence for anyone convicted of engaging and promotion of acts of homosexuality.
Lokodo now wants the Internal Affairs Minister to instruct Police to stop the event, slated for September 6th to 9th at the Nile Resort Beach Jinja.
“I urge you to instruct the Inspector General of Police to stop this event. I also propose to have a meeting with you, the Inspector General of Police and Director CID to discuss this matter further,” he emphasized.
However the event organizers MTN Uganda, through their twitter handle maintained that the festival is still on.
“The Party is still on with only two days to #MTNNyegeNyege, the biggest festival of the year. Join the party with tickets still available at the venue,” the telecom company said.