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Gerald Iga, the Head of Cere Festival organizing Committee, says various forms of Entertainment and Tourism activities targeting the International community shall be their key focus.
Gerald Iga (c) talking with some of the key Artistes at a Media Briefing on the West Nile 'Nyegenyege' festival in Arua Town on Friday.

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All is set for the first ever “Nyege nyege’ dubbed Cere Festival 2019 in West Nile. 

The four day festival shall be held from April 31st to May 3rd, 2019 at the famous Miriadua Falls in Kijomoro Sub County in Maracha District.   

Gerald Iga, the Head of Cere Festival organizing Committee, says various forms of Entertainment and Tourism activities targeting the International community shall be their key focus.        

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Joseph Chobe Wambuzi, the Head of Finance Cere Festival, says the event will surpass the second Nyege Nyege Festival, which was held in Buikwe district in December last year.  

 

According to him, the festival will make history of an outlook for West Nile and Northern Uganda through unique music and  cultural performances. 

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According to the organizers, over 3000 people are expected to participate in the Festival that will feature more than 50 Artistes from Northern Uganda and beyond.  

Lawrence Adiga, the Maracha District LC V Chairperson, says the festival will enable local people appreciate the value of tourism and enable the youths to develop their talents in Art, Music and culture.    

Maracha district local government has already embarked on constructing sanitary facilities at Miriadua Falls.

Last year, the Ethics and Integrity Minister, Fr. Simon Lokodo stopped Nyege nyege festival, saying it compromises the cultural values of Ugandans since it is characterised with open sex, drugs use and homosexuality.

"This ugly thing called Nyege Nyege is not taking place this year. We have already evaluated how much losses will come. We shall save the image of this country but not allow this to take place for the two days and one night." Lokodo said.    

He later allowed the festival to take place following a Memorandum of Understanding-MOU signed between the organisers, Big Talent Africa and Uganda Police.    

The MOU banned among others open sex, drugs use, homosexuality and processions to and from the festival venue. The MOU also compelled the organisers to grant police unfettered access to the venue to maintain law and order.        

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