By Cohen Mwesigwa
MENGO, Uganda’s state minister for tourism Godfrey Kiwanda has distanced himself from the Miss Curvy Uganda. Mr Kiwanda who is currently in Zambia said the pageant is organized by Ms Anne Mungoma.
Gideon Tugume, a concerned citizen sued Kiwanda and Ms Mungoma as organizers of Miss Curvy Uganda for allegedly promoting immorality. Kiwanda launched a beauty pageant called “Miss Curvy Uganda” to promote tourism. He wants to use the country’s “naturally endowed nice-looking women” to attract more visitors.
“I am not an organizer of the Pageant. The organizers have their lawyers let them meet at the courts of Law. Everyone has a right for fair hearing and our country respects this,” he said.
According to a court order issued on Monday February 18th, 2019, Kiwanda and Mungoma have been given fifteen days to file their defence.
“You are required to file a defence in this court within 15 days from the date of summons on you. Should you fail to file a defence on or before the day mentioned, the suit may be heard and determined in your absence,” reads the summons
Curvy women have been added to a list of tourist attractions in Uganda. The list also includes spectacular wildlife and national parks. The pageant has been widely criticized with some activists calling for the government to put a stop to the event.
The pageant was part of Uganda’s Tulambule tourism initiative, designed to showcase the attractions the country has to offer.
Curvy women have now been added to a list of tourist attractions that run from spectacular wildlife to national parks.
“We have naturally endowed nice-looking women that are amazing to look at. Why don’t we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?” Kiwanda was quoted as saying in The East African newspaper. He added that the Miss Curvy pageant with about 300 entrants offered an alternative view to the typical slim entrants.
According to Mr Tugune, the civil suit number 78 of 2019 has been filed in public interest.
He is seeking an order directing the defendants not to hold the intended beauty pageant anywhere in Uganda and be charged under section 160 a, b, 34, and 148 of the penal code Act cap 120.
In an interview with Uganda Vanguard, Tuesday February 20, 2019, Mr Tugume also wants court to order Mr Kiwanda and Ms Mungoma to apologize in the media pay general damages and cost of his suit.