Ugandan minister lists 'sexy, curvy women' as tourist attraction

Cheryl Sanders
February 7, 2019

Uganda has announced they will be using handsome curvy women as a strategy to promote tourism in the country, a statement which has sparked outrage online.

Godfrey Kiwanda unveiled a new tourism campaign at a press conference attended by a bevy of curvaceous women in the African nation's capital, Kampala.

State minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda has defended the controversial Miss Curvy Uganda beauty pageant which he said is aimed at celebrating Uganda's most curvaceous women.

He said it would be used to promote tourism in the East African country.

"Together with my colleagues of Uganda Women Parliamentary Association, we condemn acts of objectifying and dehumanising women".

But many were also outraged on social media and wanted the authorities to cancel the Miss Curvy Uganda competition all together.

While Ugandan entrepreneur and activist Primrose Nyonyozi Murungi launched an online petition to stop the campaign, which she said was "totally unacceptable and demeaning to us".

In addition to Kiwanda's resignation, she has demanded an apology from the government.

Sexy women is the latest aspect Tourism ministry hopes will generate more revenue. "The minister should have known that women are more than just bodies, and so we should be treated with honour and respect", said former Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza. It will be a handsome event where young women will showcase their lovely curves are intellect...

Under this campaign, the Tourism ministry officials will tell the various stories relating to the background of different shapes and curves that Ugandan beauties have as well as the different cultures that will be displayed by the contestants under the Tulambule (let's explore) campaign. So curvy women could post on social media and get followers.

"Uganda Tourism Board is mediocre and I don't like that type of mediocrity".

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