Outcry as Uganda launches 'curvy women' tourism campaign

08 February, 2019, 13:07 | Author: Carlos George
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A video from the launch shows Mr Kiwanda waving a flag.

Curvaceous women as a product, is the latest attraction the ministry hopes to attract more tourists and increase revenue earnings.

A screen grab showing the website for Miss Curvy Uganda.

Museveni said the proposal has never been endorsed by Cabinet and that there was no justification for tourists to visit Uganda to purposely look at handsome women.

Minister of Ethics and Integrity Rev. Fr. Simon Lokodo has called on the Tourism Ministry to showcase the wide array of tourist attractions in Uganda instead of "scandalizing" the nation.

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

According to Tourism Minister Godfrey Kiwanda, the country has well endowed women who are naturally a sight to behold and the country should use that to promote its tourism.

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"Miss Curvy Uganda's deliberate and calculated use of my image and likeness to promote and encourage the violation of women's bodies has defamed my character and reputation, damaged a brand I have worked for many years to establish and subjected me to unwarranted and underserved cyber bullying".

She demanded that the contest is taken down and that the minister offers a public apology for coming up with such an initiative.

"In Uganda, curvy women are now tourist "products" as if zoo animals". Those were gentlemen married to "curvy" women and dating them.

"Will they put these women in a cage for the tourists to see?" added @bae_perfection.

Funmi Oyatogun added on social media: 'Uganda has some of the wildest adrenaline adventures in Africa, the River Nile, game parks, majestic lakes and a huge untapped market for tourism.

She also said that the move to use her image to promote the competition for curvaceous women was deliberate and meant to hurt her brand. "Why don't we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?" he said. You know, sometimes reality is stranger than fiction'.

Meanwhile, Kenyan TV star Grace Msalame is taking legal action against the Miss Curvy Uganda organizers, as she says her image was used to promote the event without her knowledge. 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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