Museveni rejects proposal to market curvy women to attract tourists

Frederick Owens
February 8, 2019

Asked if the pageant does not offend the conservative culture of Ugandan society, Mr Kiwanda said Uganda has long appreciated smaller bodied women as a hallmark of beauty and the curvy pageant is just another campaign aimed at appreciating beauty in diversity.

Sexy women is the latest aspect Tourism ministry hopes will generate more revenue.

"I am now pursuing legal actions and remedies against Miss Curvy Uganda", she announced.

While endorsing the campaign, Kiwanda said: "We have naturally endowed nice looking women that are unbelievable to look at".

Ugandan State Minister for Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, unveiled the Miss Curvy pageant on February 5, 2019 as part of its tourism products.

Mr Kiwanda wondered, pointing at "a sample" of lovely women at the press conference held at Mestil Hotel yesterday.

Unsurprisingly, the suggestion that women be used to attract foreign tourists has received widespread condemnation on social media, in the local press and from a fellow minister in Uganda's cabinet. "Why don't we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?" he posed.

"Please sign this petition for ministry of tourism to take down the miss curvy challenge and offer an apology to the public as well", she said.

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"I totally condemn that pageant and I would want it stopped", Lokodo said in an interview with Record TV Uganda.

Mrs 007 wrote on Twitter: "In Uganda, curvy women are now tourist 'products" as if zoo animals. They also love viewing the River Nile, crater lakes and mountains.

But many were also outraged on social media and wanted the authorities to cancel the Miss Curvy Uganda competition all together. You know, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction'.

She said, "Miss Curvy is an event that will bring out the endowment of the real African woman".

At the time of writing, the petition had attracted close to 1,800 signatures.

Many tourists visit Uganda - located in the heart of Africa - to see its wildlife.

Critics said vulnerable women and girls were already being trafficked from Uganda overseas for sex, and the move by the ministry of tourism would encourage the commercial sexual exploitation of women and girls at home. It has the largest population of gorillas and more species of birds per square kilometre than anywhere else in the world.

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