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Newly crowned Miss Uganda is now a beggar

12 November 2014, 09:26 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - The newly crowned Miss Uganda 2014, Leah Kalanguka, on Tuesday petitioned the office of the Speaker of Parliament  Rebecca Kadaga in a bid to raise funds to participate in the upcoming Miss World beauty contest scheduled to take place in December at Exl Hotel, London.

She said she does not have sufficient funds to take her to London.

She won Miss Uganda competition about a month ago. Although most Ugandans, especially men, complained that she was not beautiful enough to qualify as Miss Uganda, the organisers of the competition said that she was very intelligent and highly educated.

On social media, many Ugandans have been attacking the Miss Uganda competition organisers for selecting an 'ugly girl' as the pageant winner.

Kalanguka, who is an engineer by profession, said that since the Speaker is a very influential person, she can help influence other people like her to raise money for her to go and represent Uganda at the London Miss World competition.

She said the contest is to take place in mid December and she needs to be in London early enough to prepare herself.

She needs about UGX 70 million to help her with necessary requirements during that time as well as acquiring handcrafts made in Uganda and some agricultural products she can use to promote Uganda while in UK.

Kalanguka said, ''I am supposed to go and participate in Miss World in London but the funds I have is not enough. I have requested the Speaker of Parliament to help raise the funds for me.

''I have to go a month early in order to prepare myself. I am working with Miss Uganda Foundation and am confident that I will do well at Miss World.''

When asked about the negative messages on social media, she said she expected such reactions from some section of the public but says she is not bothered about it because she is confident of herself.

The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, promised to get her some support from her office.

She praised Miss Uganda for efforts to promote agriculture amongst the youth in the country.

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