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Kiwanda dragged to court over Miss Curvy pageant

Minister Kiwanda poses with ladies during the launch of Miss Curvy beauty pageant. He has been sued over the pageant. (FILE PHOTO)

KAMPALA – Tourism State minister Godfrey Kiwanda has been dragged to court over his Miss Curvy Contest project.

In his lawsuit filed before the Mengo chief magistrate’s court, Mr Gideon Tugume who calls himself a concerned citizen says that the Miss curvy event is discriminative, degrading and shameful to our culture and heritage as a nation.

Kiwanda was sued along with Ms Anne Mungoma and Miss Curvy Uganda all defendants in this case.

Tugume says on February 5, 2019, the defendants together with others mobilized women and girls and addressed the media of 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.

He asserts that currently there is no law and guidelines under which such event of miss curvy competitions can be held.

“Much as women activists, religious leaders and civil society organisations have protested the event, the defendants have continued to register and address the media with the same intention of holding the pageant of buttocks competition,” reads in part the court documents.

Court documents further indicate that Ms Mungoma and Miss Curvy Uganda are probably known friendly to prostitutes and nude dancers which is likely motive to promote prostitution in Uganda through this miss curvy pageant against the penal Code Act Cap 120.

Minister Kiwanda before the House on Wednesday over Miss Curvy pageant. (FILE PHOTO)

Tugume contends that the defendants together with others had knowledge of the motive but proceeded to address the media with an intention of causing anger to the women and other members of society and did not do anything to stop it against section 389 of Penal Code Act Cap 120.

He further says that defendants’ actions and intention are conspiracy to commit a felony against laws of Uganda.

Court documents indicate that the actions are against sections in the public order management Act.

“The defendants have never disclosed to the public what it means by curvy contest,” Tugume contends in his suit.

His now seeking for orders that the defendants to be personally charged, an apology by Kiwanda to the nation through the media and an order directing the three from not to hold the intended miss sex curvy or miss curvy pageant anywhere in Uganda.

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