The United States (US) Embassy in Uganda has insisted that the Nyege Nyege festival which has kicked off in Jinja City is a security risk and ordered its members of staff and all the Americans not to step foot at the musical event.
“The U.S. Embassy is directing its staff to not attend the Nyege Nyege festival in Jinja from November 9-12, 2023. Due to security concerns, we advise U.S. citizens not attend the festival. U.S. citizens should also read our most recent Security Alert from November 6,” the American wrote in a fresh security advisory.
The latest terror alert from the Americans comes a few hours after the Ugandan police said it was safe for Ugandans and foreigners to attend the festival.
A police chief, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Geoffrey Katsigazi, yesterday tour the festival site to gauge the safety of the venue.
Katsigazi assured the festival lovers of a “a significant deployment of personnel from the police, UPDF, and prisons is in place to ensure the safety of revelers,”
Early this week, the UK and the US issued travel advisories cautioning their nationals against visiting crowded areas and festivals in Jinja. The advisories came hardly to the much anticipated Nyege Nyege festival in Jinja City.
The travel advisories indicated that terrorists may be targeting foreign nationals; however, Katsigazi insists that, “the country is safe for everyone, including international guests,”