Uganda Thrills Guests At JAMAFEST In Dar Es Salaam


The Ugandan delegation at the East
African Community Arts and Culture Festival (JAMAFEST) put up a thrilling show
of cultural dances on the first day of the regional fair taking place in the
Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam.

It’s the fourth time the festival
codenamed Jumuiya ya Afrika Mashariki Utamaduni (JAMAFEST) is being held as
part of the drive to promote the East African integration.

Team Uganda led by the Minister of
State for Gender and Culture Affairs, Hon. Peace Mutuuzo Regis is composed of
dance troops from across the regions as well as leaders from the two streams of
arts and culture in Uganda.

On Saturday, which was the first day
of the festival taking place between 21st and 29th
September, 2019, saw the Community member States participate in a street
carnival which involved showcasing cultural performances from their respective

Mesmerized Tanzanians lined the
streets as they stood body to body to catch a glimpse of cultural performances
from neighbouring countries.

Pupils from Clevers’ Origin Junior
School from Kitintale in Kampala and Mizizi Ensemble dance group combined
forces to thrill onlookers with the Bakisimba dance from Buganda region through
the streets and back to the Tanzanian National Stadium where it all climaxed.

Speaking at stadium, Minister Mutuuzo
underscored the importance of promoting integration through culture since the
East Africans share a similar cultural heritage that was only distorted by the
creation of the colonial boundaries.

Pupils of Clevers’ Origin Junior school who performed on behalf of Uganda.

The Tanzanian Minister for Information,
Culture, Arts and Sports, Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe commended the East African
countries for turning up for the festival that Tanzania is hosting for the
first time.

He pledged that Tanzania would ensure
that the event achieves its intended objective as guided by the theme: ““Cultural
Diversity: A Key Driver to Regional Integration, Economic Growth and Promotion
of Tourism”.

Among the Ugandan delegation are
Members of Parliament; Hon. Agnes Kunihiira, Hon. Kibalya Maurice and Hon. Lucy
Akello. Others are the Under Secretary Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social
Development, Benon Kigenyi, the Commissioner Culture and Family Affairs,
Juliana Naomo, the Executive Director Uganda National Cultural Centre (UNCC),
Francis Peter Ojede and the chair board of trustees UNCC, Okello Kelli Sam. Two
cultural institutions; Tooro and Obwenengo Bwa Bugwe out of the sixteen
gazetted by the Government are also represented.

The Ugandan night will feature on
Wednesday, 25th September, 2019 and Hon. Mutuuzo will preside over
as the chief guest.

The official opening ceremony takes
place later today, Sunday and the President of Tanzania, John Pombe Magufuli is
expected to preside over.

Among other activities lined up
through the week are a symposium, exhibition, music gala, theatrical
performances, traditional children’s games, fashion and modelling and local
films screening.

The last JAMAFEST was held in Kampala
and was officially recognized as the best arranged so far.

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