Nyege Nyege Festival: 45 Suspects Detained

At least 20 cases of phone theft and one case of car theft were reported to Jinja police station during the four-day Nyege Nyege festival in Jinja district.

Jinja, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Police in the Kiira region have detained 45 suspects involved in various criminal activities during the Nyege Nyege festival in Jinja district. The individuals, arrested on November 10th and 11th, are currently held at Jinja City’s Nalufenya police station. According to police spokesperson Mr. Fred Enanga, 10 of the suspects committed minor crimes, received caution, and were released, while the remaining 35 are awaiting court prosecution.

The festival saw cases of theft, impersonation of police officers, possession of opium, forging entry tickets, and stealing from a motor vehicle. Despite terror alerts issued by the UK and US missions cautioning citizens against public gatherings and national parks attendance, the event ended peacefully. Over 300 UPDF soldiers and police personnel were deployed to ensure the safety of attendees and their property.

While criminal elements took advantage of minor loopholes, police spokesperson James Mubi assured that joint forces of police and UPDF effectively safeguarded revelers and minimized incidents compared to the previous year. The public is urged to stay alert during ongoing festivities, including the royal wedding, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. Busoga Kingdom’s premier, Hellen Namutumba, praised revelers for their vigilance and communication with security operatives amidst terror alerts. The Nyege Nyege festival, held from November 9 to 12, took place at four venues in Jinja district.

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Busiinge Aggrey
Busiinge Aggrey
Business Aggrey" is a 23-year-old Ugandan journalist and Editor-in-Chief at The Black Examiner newspaper