The recently concluded Nyege Nyege festival in Jinja District, spanning from November 9 to November 12, showcased a vibrant blend of music, dance, and cultural festivities.
However, the celebration was marred by the arrest of 45 individuals involved in various criminal activities, as revealed during a police press briefing by Mr. Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson.
The festival, held at iconic locations like the Source of the Nile, Nile Park, Jinja Golf Ground, and Jinja Agricultural Showground, attracted global and regional attendees.
Despite concerns raised by the UK and US missions, cautioning their citizens against public gatherings due to fresh terror alerts, the security measures, including the deployment of over 300 Uganda People’s Defense Forces soldiers and police personnel, ensured the safety of revelers and their property.
Mr. Enanga acknowledged the festival’s success and thanked both participants and organizers for their efforts.
The arrested individuals faced charges ranging from theft of mobile phones to possession of marijuana and forgery of tickets.
With 20 reported cases of mobile phone theft, 3 cases of impersonation, 5 minor fire outbreaks, 1 motor vehicle theft, and 12 instances of forged tickets, the police have issued bonds to 10 suspects, while arrangements for court appearances are underway for the remaining 35.