Sharan Yeko, 23, was on Saturday night declared the winner of the 2019-2020 miss Tourism Eastern Uganda to represent the region at the National level.
Yeko defeated nine contestants in a hotly contested race at Kakungulu Safaris Lodge in Namanyonyi Sub- County, Mbale District.
Flavia Nagudi Egesa from Mbale District, 23, emerged the first runners up and Patricia Nahyuha, from Butaleja District emerged the second runner.
Yeko who comes from Kapchorwa District shed tears shortly after announcing her the winner of the beauty pageant. “I am so excited to win this year’s crown and I thank all my fans for supporting me. I attributed my win to GOD and people who supported me,” said Ms Yeko amidst tears.
The winner promised to come up with a number of ventures that will make Eastern tourism known more than before.
The pageant whch was organized by Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) in partnership with Kakungulu Safaris Lodge, was headed by Ms. Racheal Kakungulu Kirama, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kakungulu safaris lodge and sponsored by a number of organizations including, Mbale Gold club, M Elgon Hotel, Mbale resort Hotel, Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) among others attracted hundreds of revelers from the region.
The other categories were Miss Personality which went to Evelyn Amuge from Bukedea District, Miss Entrepreneur which went to Afrah Naigaga from Iganga District and Miss Photogenic which went to Racheal Randa from Kibuku District.
The Mbale District Woman MP, Connie Nakayenze Galiwango who was the chief guest at the event asked the contestants and winners to use the platform to promote Eastern region’s tourism.
“Our queens you are now in a better position to promote tourism in the area. We have hopes in you for more initiatives that will develop the region, “said Ms Nakayenze.
She said they are working around the clock to improve tourism in the region.