'Pregnancy, nude pics did not dethrone Miss Zimbabwe'

HARARE - Catherine Makaya was yesterday crowned the new Miss Zimbabwe 2014, replacing Thabiso Phiri who stepped down last Friday.

The Miss Zimbabwe 2014 was stripped of her crown, sparking frenzied speculation  that she could have failed to fulfil the obligations that go with the beauty title because of her studies, had lied about her age, had put on weight, got pregnant or was previously married, but she rejected all the accusations.

Mary Chiwenga, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson, insisted yesterday that the outgoing beauty queen was not expecting.

“I can even take her for tests, she is not pregnant, that one is out,” Chiwenga told a news conference in Eastlea yesterday.

“It will only be appropriate for her to tell you the reasons why, but it’s not pregnancy.”

The slender 22-year-old beauty queen denied accusations that she was pregnant or that she had stepped down because of nude pictures circulating on social media.

No one has witnessed evidence that would state otherwise, and the pictures she is alleged to have sent to her boyfriend do not positively identify her as they are blurred on the face.

BITTER END: From left Pamela Hakunavanhu and Nyarai Bwanya, members of the Miss Zimbabwe Trust console dethroned Miss Zimbabwe Thabiso Phiri and chairperson Mary Chiwenga at the crowing of new Miss Zimbabwe. Pic: Annie Mpalume

Pageant directors passed the crown to Makaya, 21, who was in the top eight of the original pageant that was held at Mabvazuva Village on June 14.

Makaya beat three other contenders vying for the crown.

“Really, I was not expecting this,” Makaya said.

“Actually, it was on the back of my mind, but I am very glad to be the new queen.”

Makaya contested with other three models who made up the top eight — Maita Kainga, Melissa Chikerema and Rairo Gunguwo.

The dethroned 22-year-old University of Zimbabwe law student was overwhelmed with emotion during the crowning moment, breaking down as she handed over the tiara to the new beauty queen.

At the mini-pageant, the four contestants had to answer five questions posed by judges.

However, the two princesses, Tendai Hunda and Letwin Chinomona, decided not to contest as they felt “content” with the positions they currently hold.

“We felt so close to her, we had become a family and her stepping down has affected us as well,” Chinomona said.

“The reason we did not contest is that we are happy with the positions that we have.”

Chiwenga said they were going to give all the remaining prizes which Thabiso had not used to the new queen, but will honour a promise to pay her university fees.

Comments (19)

Let's carry on with our debate on COLONIALISM from yesterday - This comment is from one “attiza” this morning --- Ok Musona. Let me educate you. Listen, for this is wisdom. Colonialism was never meant to benefit you, whatever benefit you obtained from colonialism was totally incidental and indirect. To the colonial settlers, you were nothing but a negro and a kaffir, you were not even ranked as a human being. Colonialists did not bring cars and farming equipment for your benefit, those were meant for their benefit. People like you were relegated to "labour reserves" were they wld draw labour to till their farms and work in mines. If you want us to engage in this debate do not use valgour language, i will also not use valgour language, but first let's agree that colonialists NEVER meant to do any good in the interests of YOU. Colonial settlers simple colonised Africa to loot its resources for their benefit. They drove away the natives from all means of production and used force against our forefathers to take their land and all that is in it. what our forefathers were doing with the land is a non-issue, the land belonged to our forefathers, period! Do not reduce your intelligence to the extent of thinking only as far as MAPADZA and CARS at the expense of our african social fabric, identity, ownership rights and way of life. As for your assertion that colonialism brought education and civilisation, we had our own form of knowledge. We had knowledge of our environment and how to live in harmony with it, how to hunt and feed our families, how to consult with our spirit media, how to use herbs and practice traditional medicine. That was our knowledge and we were content with it. Civilisation, my friend, is very subjective. What the colonialists did was to brainwash us into believing that their form of "civilisation" was better than ours.

Musona - 6 August 2014

@attiza - I was born in the 1940s in Salisbury and there is nothing you can teach me. Do you think I am a fool not to know that whatever benefits we got from colonialism were totally incidental and indirect? The colonialists did not travel all the way, thousands of kilometres, to come here because they had run out of things to do. They came here to seek fortune for themselves. Before the world nations started trading with each other, stronger nations or tribes used to raid weaker nations, loot and take slaves - this is not unique to this land and we cannot change history. Colonialists did not sign any contract to indulge us. This line of thinking does not only apply to colonialists but every living human being. If I were to open a business in Harare, I am not doing to benefit every person in Harare, I do it for MY OWN benefit. The colonialists were no different. I do not know of any human being who has opened a business to benefit other people unless you are a billionaire with a lot of money to spare. What means of production are you talking about? Are you seriously saying a BADZA was a means of production? I have asked questions - how much can you cover with a BADZA? No more than an 18-yard area of a football field. It is lies to say land was stolen. Why did our forefathers need large tracts of land? For doing what with only MAPADZA? You cannot say the land belonged to our forefathers when there were no boundaries - that is primitive thinking. When the Ndebele moved from Zululand around 1830 they moved to the now Matebeleland which was vacant at the time. Nobody claimed the Ndebeles had stolen this land. What is the difference between what the Ndebeles did and what the whites did? Before 1890 there was no such thing as landownership among our people. It was the whites who brought about land ownership

Musona - 6 August 2014

(Continued from above) You find it hard to admit that our forefathers were backward you are now coming out with pathetic excuses like “we had our own form of knowledge”. That was backwardness mister. My own grandfather saw the whites coming and he was surprised at what they brought to this land. This is a man who appreciated the changes like riding a bicycle as opposed to what they had been used to. He used to say to us “Ah! Varungu ava vano shinwa chaizvo - taimbo zvifunga here kuti munhu angaende ku Salisbury kubva kumusha wakagara pachigaro” - meaning travelling by car or bus. There is nothing that indicates that this land was on the brink of some technological breakthrough before colonialism. You are in denial. You are ashamed to admit the whites revolutionised our lives. I have argued with your type before. The same old lies and excuses. If you consider that whites were cruel - I do not agree - I think it was a small price to pay for catapulting us from the Stone Age to modernity. When I asked questions first time I did not use vulgar language, I only retaliated after someone gave me dog's abuse. One minute you people are moaning that colonialism was bad and the next minute you are moaning the colonialists did not do enough for us like giving us first class schools and hospitals for free and top jobs IN THEIR COMPANIES and upmarket houses while we sat on our backsides doing nothing. But nobody says who was going to pay for these first class facilities. The colonialists DID NOT brainwash ME into believing that their form of "civilisation" was better than ours. This is my own decision based on the fact that the colonialists were much more advanced than us. I would be bored to death if I was to live in “our civilisation” in the Reserves. The Reserves are our civilisation. The present Reserves are even much much better than how our forefathers used to live before colonialism.

Musona - 6 August 2014

@musona you have facts, and I am 100% behind you and if the country had a lot of people who see that way we could be better. Which country that has majority white population that is poor? why

brains - 6 August 2014

@attiza - I absolutely don't agree with your assertion that, “People like you were relegated to "labour reserves" were they would draw labour to till their farms and work in mines”. I had an excellent education. Chose my own career. Applied for jobs and was rejected in some and accepted in some. No white person ever came to me and dictated to me what career I should pursue. I never expected to walk into any job because I knew these were not my father's companies. I don't know what “labour reserves” you are talking about and I don't know of anyone who was forced to work on a farm or mine - people chose to work at farms and mines - if they were not happy they were free to leave and look elsewhere. The sort of Rhodesia you are talking about is bogus not the one I grew up in. If you wanted to be a teacher you became a teacher, if you wanted to be a nurse you became a nurse, if you wanted to be a doctor you became a doctor, if you wanted to be a garden boy you became a garden boy. Those who did not like working for whites stayed in the Reserves. Townships were build by the whites to house black urban dwellers ONLY. Initially most black people were understandably not educated and would not have been expected to be employed as company managers but the situation changed gradually as people started appreciating the importance of a good colonial education. My own grandfather told me that they resisted working for whites or going to school or being taught about religion or going to hospital in the early 20th century - they were not used to such a way of life - they were used to hunting, collecting wild fruit and drinking beer all day long. The is the reason why the colonialists went to seek labour from Mozambique, Nyasaland and northern Rhodesia hence the building of Harare township, now Mbare - there just wasn't enough labour.

Musona - 6 August 2014

varungu imbwa sungata. they will all die racist

shup up you both - 6 August 2014

@shup up both - you are just using meaningless phrases “imbwa sungata” - what does that mean? The person who coined the phrase in 1960, George Nyandoro, meant “Dog handlers”. So what you are saying is whites are dog handlers. Meaningless really.

Musona - 6 August 2014

If Africa had leaders like Musona, the continent would develop and catch up with the rest of the world. Whatever the ills of colonialism, Africans should realise that they were not the first to be colonised. The same colonialists were also once colonised but lucky enough, post colonial, they had visionary leadership that did not use the past to subject their people to poverty and genocide as the case with Africa. Thanks Musona, thanks Daily News!

Nkosi Mambo - 7 August 2014

@musona good debate enlightening to the born frees but for once don't go against the truth just because one didn't see it happening because no one cannot see it all..we all want to know the real truth to have an understanding of why we are where we are and where we need to go ..I for one do not gate whites because for me to write on this forum for me to read for me to earn a living it is them who brought or started most of these things that we are now using to express ourselves..and they are continually introducing technology which opens up our eyes and be the masters of our destiny..I know a bit of black control used to inhibit young ones from doing certain things as reserved for kings and queens or eating certain delicious food as reserved for elders but what can I say thanks to white men who brought many of the things that have shaped black man's life..they are not saints just as all black people are not saints either

Pronto - 7 August 2014

thanks musona but they did not just take unused track of land but in some cases pushed the forefathers out of good land and sent them to mostly rocky areas you call "reserves"

dyblo - 7 August 2014

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 7 August 2014

I can imagine what life would be like had whites, and particularly the British had not colonised us. While we may hate to admit it, whites brought us education and with education, anything is possible. Some may choose to argue and say Africans had the first university but that's in far away Timbuktu. Anyone who had the potential and the will to excel in life had a fair opportunity to go far in Rhodesia although limited compared to whites. Let's not waste time remeniscing about the past and focus on the now and the future. Smith's Rhodesia was just as racist as Mugabe's government-period.

Dr Know - 7 August 2014

@Musona: Kuma rizeva, is a direct derivative from the word "reserves" or "labour reserves", this is where white colonialists drew cheap labour to drive their industries. You also cannot argue that one can only own land as far as they can till, just because a badza can only till so far it doesn't mean that becomes the boundary of my land. If there were no ownership rights at the time, how come people were "driven away" from their land, primary example being Cheif Rekayi Tangwena and his people. We do not owe white people anything for colonising us, hitherto they do not have the interests of africa at heart. Your assertions boarder around implying that black people are incompetent simply because they are black. Just because ZImbabwe is worse off than Rhodesia was does not make Rhodesia a good place, neither does it make the colonialists black people. Look at africa as a whole, can u say the same about apartheid south africa and the current south africa? Civilisation, my friend, is not an absolute. It is a subjective matter. I have seen people who believe they are well-civilised yet in my world, they are living pathetic lives. Someone in Zaka will see Harare as civilised, someone in Cape Town will see Harare as rural and someone in Manhattan will despise Joburg. My point is someone arikuteya mbeva in Buhera may be comfortable and content with his way of living compared to a banker in New York. We were not aware of western "civilisation", neither were we bothered or yearning for it. It was brought unto us and we will spend centuries tryin to play catch up. This does NOT make white people better, smarter or more clever. If you understand colonialism and its impact in detail, you will begin to understand the advent of the Commonwealth and why former colonialists have an obligation, (constructive, ethical and otherwise) towards their former colonial territories.

attiza - 7 August 2014

@Musona and attiza I my biggest advice is for you to dig deeper or read about the history of the world more further the time they call Before Christ and you will be able to get the picture of where we are coming from and where we are going. This issue you are arguing about has both sides I mean good and bad depending on where one is coming from. About colonization I think it did not affect Africa only but all the continents namely North and South America, Asia, Africa.

Gwenaz - 7 August 2014

"I've never seen a sincere white man, not when it comes to helping black people. Usually things like this are done by white people to benefit themselves. The white man's primary interest is not to elevate the thinking of black people, or to waken black people, or white people either. The white man is interested in the black man only to the extent that the black man is of use to him. The white man's interest is to make money, to exploit." Malcom X

ndini uya uya - 8 August 2014

@ndini uya uya have you ever seen a sincere black man? I think nobody is sincere but one has to fend for themselves before they do for others. They say one man for himself and god for us all. In Shona they is a saying Ngoma inoti kwangu kwangu. So why should be a whitr man sincere?

Gwenaz - 8 August 2014

Mese munopenga kutukanirana pa article isiri iyo, tsvee zvemwana atorerwa huMiss Zimbabwe. Asi its an interesting debate. Ko, tadii kuisa pavote, kuvhunza ma - - - what do you call ma opposite ema born free - - - - kuti Zimbabwe yaiva nani, yaSmith neya Mugabe ndeipi? We may suprise ourselves at what we will hear. Ini handisi born free. I can tell you kuti Zimbabwe yekuma 80s yaidakadza sei. I wonder vakakurira kuma 60s nekuma 70s makaionawo sei? Kana tichiti tinoda FDI, tinoreveiko?

Sabhuku - 14 August 2014

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