Minister Kiwanda at the award.

State Minister of Tourism, Godfrey Kiwanda, has been awarded with an honorary doctorate in tourism from Yesbud University in Zambia.

Yesbud University the school of excellence aimed at democratizing education through the offering of world-class higher education opportunities that are accessible, flexible, and economical.

Speaking to him on phone, Kiwanda said, five months ago, he was contacted by the management of the University to ago and be honored over his contribution to the tourism sector of Uganda.

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“Am extremely happy for the award, I picked it yesterday. People follow and appreciate what we do,” he said.

Kiwanda was recently criticized over the launching of Miss Curvy Uganda beauty pageant contests asserting that the tourism marketing strategy undermines the dignity of women.

The minister however clarified that Miss Curvy Uganda beauty pageant has been misinterpreted. He said it is like Miss Uganda pageant that recognizes slender and slim women and Ugandans have always been happy and voting for their favorite participants.

“Tourism starts with people. Uganda is beyond just animals, its people are the biggest tourism product. That’s why we have been voted several times as happiest people in the world and most hospitable,” Minister Kiwanda said when contacted by this website.

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