State minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda has been sued for organizing the ‘contest of the Buttocks’ popularly known as Miss Curvy Pageant.
This comes barely a day after Members of Parliament Kiwanda a go-ahead to organize the controversial Miss Curvy contest which is aimed at attracting tourists.
Recently Kiwanda said that full-figured women were “the story we sell” to visitors. However, his comments have been called “dehumanising” and “degrading”, and a petition has been launched to get the plan – and the pageant – scrapped.
Before the storm can calm down, another Ugandan known as Gideon Tugume has run to Court and filed a case against Kiwanda calling him to apologise to the nation and call off the Miss Curvy contest which is slated for June this year.
Kiwanda has been sued along with Anne Mungoma, the CEO of Miss Curvy Contest.
“On 5th day of February 2019, the defendants together with others mobilized women and girls and addressed the media in their intention to hold Miss Curvy (The contest of buttocks) in Uganda in the months of June, 2019 against Uganda’s culture of women respect, laws and dignity,” the petition reads.
Tugume is seeking general damages on top of an order for Kiwanda and co-accused to be charged under sections 160(a), (b), 32 and 148 of the Penal Code Act.
In his defence, Kiwanda on Wednesday told MPs that neither him nor the ministry are organisers of the pageant and that he was only approached by a group of women who asked him to preside over.