Uganda’s Tourism minister Godfrey Kiwanda wants to add curvy Ugandan women to the list of products that will attract tourists.
The minister revealed the plan at the launch of a plus size pageant, Miss Curvy Uganda, in the capital Kampala.
Speaking at the pageant launch on Tuesday, the minister said it would be an exceptional event that will see young ladies showcase their beautiful curves.
We have naturally endowed, nice-looking women who are amazing to look at, Ugandan news site Daily Monitor quoted him as saying.Why don’t we use these people as a strategy to promote our tourism industry?
Unsurprisingly, there was a backlash to the proposal by some Ugandans online.
Uganda Tourism Ministry adds Cury and Sexy Women to the list of Tourism products to attract tourists.
A good idea or a bad idea?
— Capital FM Uganda (@CapitalFMUganda) February 6, 2019
Some people accused Kiwanda of talking about women as though they were zoo animals, with one questioning whether they would be put in a cage for the tourists to see. Here are some comments:
Mr Kiwanda’s suggestion has been called degrading, some want him to resign but a petition has been launched to get the whole pageant plan scrapped.