Back in August, we reported that the Ugandan Army had apparently commandeered the annual Miss Uganda pageant and were going to use it as a vehicle to “promote agriculture” in accordance with the wishes of Uganda’s World Bank endorsed dictator, Museveni.
But even then, I never really thought they would actually do it.
“A former mushroom and poultry farmer has been crowned Miss Uganda following a major rebranding of the annual beauty pageant, which saw the glamour of the catwalk ditched for an army-sponsored boot camp on a farm.”
Now you may be asking yourself, what’s the big deal? It’s just harmless fun, right?
Ugandan farmers need tractors and combines and milking machines (i.e. capital). They don’t need hotties pretending to milk cows.
And in the absence of a huge influx of capital, Uganda needs to get its people OUT OF AGRICULTURE and into anything else. Manufacturing, services, you name it. Just somewhere in the other 18% of the labor force that is producing 77% of GDP!
(I know I am slightly abusing accounting identities here, but the overall point is, I believe, a valid one).
Finally, I wonder if it mattered at all the the winner’s pops is commissioner of aid liaison in the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development?