For the past couple of days the news has been awash with what in Uganda no longer a scandal probably talking point.
The state minister for tourism (Godfrey Kiwanda) was called to a press conference by an organiser who’s fronting a miss curvy context….or for plus size women. To be fair his choice of diction was poor but in Uganda people don’t pay anyone to draft speeches at that level of government, everyone is a specialist. But that’s not my point, personally this should have been a subject of women empowerment than tourism. Tourism should have been a bi product of empowerment cause in all honesty the Miss Uganda pageant as it has been ran for the over 50 years it’s been around has always been a very segregative event in regards to the selection criteria of participants, and they are not a proportional representation of the general female population.
So how did the minister end up derailing such a would be noble cause, other than his choice of words of course, after the fall out; him and the organisers of the pageant failed to own the narrative of the story and the opposing voices took up the mental and twisting it to suite their agenda. In creating the propaganda the role of the local media can’t be over stated a local media house has literally translated events from the day as “a competition of buttocks” others are directing leading the public into believing its some sort of auctioning of women to the highest bidder.
The public especially in urban centres that would consume this kind of controversy is generally disgruntled with the government and any chance to mount criticism, is a welcome distraction from the hustle of living in a third world country add the weight of religious institution especially the traditional ones, cultural institutions have been entertainingly quite, there are several ways to read into that. For the hugely popular Pentecostal churches it’s understandable why they wouldn’t want to be caught in the government’s cross hairs or seem to come off like opposition.
So if you’re wondering can the situation be salvaged or is it even worth salvaging for the ministry it might cost him political mileage, as soon as government feels like its unnecessary heat its generating he can end up as the sacrifice s that the situation can go away it already as people power phoneme to contend with, if this drags own the minister will drop it like a hot potato and hopefully there’s another scandal to capture the public’s imagination. Every story is a bigger story away from its end and that will be his saving grace.
The organisers wanted to gain traction and publicity in throwing the ministers weight behind the even and its clearly backfired, the initiative though was one I find no fault in, but then am probably not the most morally upright of citizens to make that call. If where up to me the event shouldn’t be cancelled but its been tinted with the public that cooperate companies might have a hard time having such an event being associated with their brands but the bigger loser at the doors such an event would have opened for the participants. Imagine if Miss Uganda had been cancelled, Quinn Abenakyo would be the most visible loser but as a country that lose that not calculated in publicity we’d never know
Closely related is the brewing saga with Quinn’s degree I don’t know what’s the fuss about, people have had degrees awarded to them under very dubious circumstances, and this was an individual who was out of the country on not so official but “national” duty. I know sports personalities who under the same circumstances have still been given the same privilege and no one tried to raise dust on tarmac. People today are willing to exploit any situation if they stand to gain…. That’s why every now and then the public is treated to nudes by disgruntled ex-lovers. A lack of standards, nothing is too low anymore for peeps to not scope from, a society of largely haters. Our better angles no longer appeal to us, who muted them