Heavy deployment at Nyege Nyege

Photos by Derick Kissa

Police have deployed at all major roads that lead to the Nile Discovery Beach in Njeru Municipality, where the annual Nyege Nyege festival will be held. This year’s festival starts today.

The deployment follows the directive by Njeru Municipality Council compelling residents to pay a 70 percent tax on each car parked at their premises.

Residents of Lower Nava Village in the municipality always turn their compounds into parking yards for the four days the festival takes place.

However, this year the municipality authorities gazetted a private parking yard where all visitors to the festival are supposed to park their vehicles at a fee.

This prompted residents to protest saying they are being denied a source of income.

"The municipality is refusing us to make money. If they do not want us to earn a living, let them take Nyege Nyege festival away," Ms Jude Monic said.

Ms. Sharotte Nakato who owns a parking yard said the council is trying to benefit from their sweat.

"We hire these places to make money. But we are surprised that this time round the council wants to benefit from us by taking 70% from each car that is parked," Ms Nakato said.

A.According to municipality officials, they have gazetted the municipality grounds for parking and the fees will vary from Shs10,000 to Shs50,000 depending on the car

Nyege Nyege festival is a four day event starting today Thursday to Sunday..