How you gonna get them off of the farm after they’ve seen Miss Uganda milking a cow?

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.

But they did it. Every last bit of 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?

People, agriculture “employs” 82% of the Ugandan labor force while producing 23% of Uganda’s GDP.

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?

Every problem has a simple solution

It is so nice to see a clear thinking, unbridled, military effectively solving their nation’s problems.

Take Uganda for example:

“We are almost signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Miss Uganda Foundation because we want to choose the next Miss Uganda basing on agriculture and this is intended to interest the young people into the sector,” Gen Saleh said.

So……..

Despite the entire history of development being predicated on getting people OUT of agriculture, the Uganda army wants them in?

And they are going to do it by commandeering the Miss Uganda contest?

And basing it on agriculture?

Are they going to have the contestants milk cows in bikinis? And then red-blooded Ugandan males will all be thinking, “wow, I gotta get me a farm!”?

What’s amazing is that this plan is actually better than President for Life Museveni’s plan which is to,

“deploy soldiers in every constituency across the country to take agriculture to a new level.”

Holy Spumoli

Hat tip to Justin Sandefur.