Miss Zim 2012 snubbed

HARARE - Miss Zimbabwe 2012 Bongani Dlakama says she was not invited to the Miss Zimbabwe finals on Saturday night.

The beauty queen, who had a difficult reign, says she is not bitter but feels she was unfairly sidelined.

Bongani was the 2012-2013 queen. But there was no queen for 2013-2014.

“I wasn’t invited to the finals,” she told the Daily News.

“In fact, there was never any communication between me and them. All the updates I was getting were coming from the press. I read that they wanted me to contact them if I wanted to be part of the process. No one from the Miss Zimbabwe Trust told me about the show. Maybe if Kiki Divaris was still active, I would have been contacted but there are new people running the show.”

The pageant is now being run by Mary Chiwenga, who is the Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson, and former model.

Dlakama said she could not afford the $300 admission, which she said was a top-line ripple for her.

“I did not have the $300 to attend,” she said. “If I had, I would have paid and attended. They said they could not recognise me as my reign had ended in 2013.

“It was their choice not to include me and I cannot be angry at them for that. I cannot force them to recognise me. But my problem is the former Miss Zimbabwe Oslie Muringai-Matsikinyere’s reign stretched like mine and she got to crown her successor.”

Chiwenga said they were starting afresh and that they had no connection whatsoever with people that were running the show before.

“Yes we did not invite her,” Chiwenga said. “She did not try to contact us. The thing is, we started on a new chapter and we have nothing to do with the previous organisers.

“On the crowning, if there had been a Miss Zimbabwe show last year, the winner would have crowned Thabiso but there was not.

“I only had direct contact with Bongani once when she approached me at the Sanganai/Hlanganani Tourism and Travel asking if it was okay for her to wear her Miss Zimbabwe sash for events,” she said.

“I told her that I had no problem with that and that she could do what she thought necessary. When we took over we were starting from scratch, remember me saying that we wanted to bring something new and impressive.

“And according to newspaper reports and responses from people, it was a good event. I am glad that we managed to resurrect it to the appreciation of Zimbabweans.”

The glamorous event was held at Mabvazuva Village on Saturday which saw the crowning of Thabiso Phiri from Chitungwiza.

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