KAMPALA – Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga has castigated the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) and the Minister of Tourism for failing to facilitate the recently crowned Miss Tourism Uganda, Phiona Kyeru for the upcoming Miss World Tourism International 2019 competition due in Malaysia next month.
The Speaker made the remarks on Tuesday while meeting with the recently crowned Miss Tourism Uganda, Phiona Kyeru who is slated to represent Uganda at the Miss World Tourism International 2019 competition due in Malaysia next month.
“I am very disappointed with the Uganda Tourism Board and the Minister of Tourism, who failed to raise an air ticket for Fiona Kyeru. I will continue highlighting their plight until Government takes it up because at the end of the day, it is Uganda that shines at the world stage,” Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga said.
She urged the government to find ways of ensuring that the beauty pageants participation in these competitions don’t meet the same challenges like what Quinn Abenakyo faced at the last concluded Miss World beauty contest.
“It hurts that these youths keep coming up to market Uganda but whenever they are in need there is no arrangement to support them. When Quinn Abenakyo came up, no one supported her but when she won, they all came and took pictures,” she added.
Africa Tembelea has however learnt that Quinn Abenakyo did get facilitation from UTB while she was in Sanya, China at the 2018 Miss World competitions.
“UTB supported Quinn Abenakyo after a distress call came through the news. This was under the Miss Uganda Pageant initiative. And I remember spending a whole weekend with our Chairman [Daudi Migereko] and the UTB team, working with our Ambassador in Guangzhou [Solomon Rutega] to ensure Queen Abenakyo got upkeep, transport, facilitation, meals, ground support etc. UTB is on record for giving her support for this initiative,” said Stephen Asiimwe, former Chief Executive Officer at UTB.
The Speaker donated a return air ticket to Ms Kyeru, and commended the Miss Tourism Foundation for working tirelessly to ensure Uganda is represented at the world stage.
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