Why did the World Chess Federation grant a title to Phiona Mutesi that she didn't really earn through skilled play?

Phiona Mutesi is a Ugandan chess player, now age 16, who was accorded the title Woman Candidate Master at the 2012 Chess Olympiad. The minimum Elo rating required for that title, normally, is 2000. At the time, Phiona's Elo rating is 1622. Clearly, she did not earn the title. Yet it was given to her on some... show more Phiona Mutesi is a Ugandan chess player, now age 16, who was accorded the title Woman Candidate Master at the 2012 Chess Olympiad. The minimum Elo rating required for that title, normally, is 2000. At the time, Phiona's Elo rating is 1622.

Clearly, she did not earn the title. Yet it was given to her on some sort of reach-down. Why would FIDE do this?
Update: Sorry. Phiona Mutesi's current Elo rating is 1622. It peaked at 1674 in 2013.
Update 2: Some strange things are happening. Suddenly dozens of Rah-rah-Phiona videos appear on Youtube, and she's all over the TV media, and FIDE gives her a chess title that she didn't really earn, and Garry Kasparov indulges her by playing a game of chess with her. Is there some hidden influence behind all of... show more Some strange things are happening. Suddenly dozens of Rah-rah-Phiona videos appear on Youtube, and she's all over the TV media, and FIDE gives her a chess title that she didn't really earn, and Garry Kasparov indulges her by playing a game of chess with her. Is there some hidden influence behind all of this? Hm?
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