Speaking to journalists on Thursday at State House in Kampala, shortly after he launched the Presidential Investors Roundtable at State House, President Museveni backed Minister Kiwanda’s new controversial ‘Miss Curvy’ campaign
President Museveni said while promoting Ms Curvy is not a cabinet decision as insinuated by one of the journalists, his suspicion is that after Uganda embracing and appreciating Ms Quiin Abenakyo who won the Ms. World Africa Contest in China and was later hosted by the President and by the parliament of Uganda, the young people in their thinking must have said if beauty is a selling point for a country and the world, let’s be creative.
“I suspect these young people were being creative.” said Museveni.
“What is the boundary between beauty? If you can compete for beauty (Nalulungi), how about structure (Nabitege). I can’t explain to my young people that Nalulungi is more beautiful than Nabitege. How do you say who is right? This whole idea started with appearance. If you appreciate one, why not the other? We should discuss if appearance is an issue,” said Museveni.
“Maybe we made a mistake by appreciating Nalulungi. I was wondering…could I allow my grandchildren to participate..Noo! I had my private views by did not want to raise them when I hosted Abenakyo. I only commented on her wig. The question is should our children be involved in exploitative appearances,” he said.
The President said the whole country encouraged Ms. World Africa Abenakyo to sell Uganda.
“If we did that, were we right, only slim ones? Of course people should not come to look at our women. When we had AIDS, I came and shouted, ‘avoid skirts and trousers’, people said I am discouraging tourism. I told them if the tourists come, they should stick to their terms of reference,” he said.
Meanwhile Members of Parliament on the Parliamentary Forum for Children have given minister Kiwanda, , up to Tuesday next week to cancel his Contest and apologise to Ugandans before they move a censor motion against him.
Addressing journalists at Parliament, the Kasambya county MP, Mr Gaffa Mbwatekamwa accused Mr Kiwanda of promoting sex tourism under his tourism promotion initiative.
“Sources which I am yet to confirm is that Hon Kiwanda, one of the reasons why he’s promoting sex tourism of the curvy ladies is that he has a shop in Kikuubo which is found of selling artificial curvy hips and bums. Sources say, he could be trying to earn a living from this [curvy contest],” he said. “I am going to request Parliament and ask the Speaker to put up a select committee to go down to Kikuubo to investigate these allegations against him.”
.@KagutaMuseveni we were encouraging #MsWorldAfrica @QuiinAbenakyo to market Uganda. If we do that are we right? Only slim girls. What we should ask is, should our children be involved in exploitative appearance. We should discuss whether appearances are an issue #M7Presser
— Nabusayi L. Wamboka (@lindahNabusayi) February 7, 2019