Miss Zim pageant hits new low

HARARE - Miss Zimbabwe beauty pageant has hit a new low following the dethroning of Catherine Makaya over alleged indiscipline.

However, Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson Mary Chiwenga says they have the fully backing of the Miss World organisers.

Makaya, who was made national beauty queen after the first Miss Zimbabwe 2014 Thabiso Phiri stepped down in August following a nude pictures scandal, has been forced to give way to first princess Tendai Hunda.

This is unprecedented in the history of the national pageant as Hunda’s entry means the Miss Zimbabwe has had three beauty queens in one year!

Chiwenga said the global pageant appreciated the reasons that necessitated the dethronement of Makaya.

“After realising that they were not going to cooperate (Catherine and her family) I communicated with the Miss World officials and advised them that we would not be able to work with Catherine,” she told the Daily News yesterday.

“We asked them to allow us to crown another Miss Zimbabwe and they gave us the nod.

“So we crowned Tendai Hunda, the first princess.”

Chiwenga, who has crowned three Miss Zimbabwe queens in just five months, revealed yesterday that her body was in the process of securing a visa for the new national beauty queen.

“She is supposed to leave on November 19 and arrive on November 21 in London for the Miss World camp.

“If we face challenges we will ask the ministry of Foreign Affairs to help, but we are optimistic.

“We informed the Miss World officials that she (Tendai) was working with Thabiso on her cancer project so she had taken over.”

Makaya was unwilling to give her side of the story when the Daily News contacted her yesterday.

“I have nothing to say at the moment, when I do I will let you know,” she said.

Chiwenga, a former model, insisted yesterday that Makaya’s unwillingness to cooperate with the Miss Zimbabwe Trust left them with no choice.

“Since she was crowned, she never had cordial relations with us and she never communicated.

“I asked her on several occasions to come into the office so that we could work together but she refused.

“I personally tried to contact her but she was not forthcoming,” said the Miss Zimbabwe Trust boss.

“I sent a message to her on October 25, telling her that she should be working with us and she replied two weeks later.

“I called her and told her that if she continued with the behaviour of doing things her own way we would dethrone her.”

According to Chiwenga, one of the sticking points was that Makaya attended several events without the knowledge and approval of the Miss Zimbabwe Trust.

“She said she was not going to functions and events as Miss Zimbabwe but as Catherine Makaya, the athlete,” said Chiwenga.

“I then discussed with the Trust team that we had a serious problem in Catherine as she was stubborn and was violating the rules she agreed to when she was crowned.

“I travelled out of the country two weeks ago that is when I was informed by the office that she came out in the papers saying she was going her own way. This was just unacceptable.”

Chiwenga also alleged that Makaya’s family through one Yvonne Chiwara attempted to use underhand tactics to secure a letter from the Miss Zimbabwe Trust confirming Makaya as the as the national beauty queen for the purpose of securing a visa.

“They wanted Chris Sachikonye (Miss Zimbabwe Trustee) to write them a letter stating that she was the official Miss Zimbabwe so that she could get the sponsorship which she had already sourced.

“But Chris told them that he could not write an official letter stating that Catherine was the official Miss Zimbabwe and that it could only be done by the chairperson who is me,” she said.

Meanwhile ZiFM presenter, Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa, who was the master of ceremonies (MC) at the Miss Zimbabwe finals, has denied that she used underhand tactics to make Makaya enter the national beauty pageant.

One Jacllinne Tinotenda Ngarande alleged on social commentator Nomathemba Primrose Ndebele’s Facebook page that Ruvheneko used her influence to make Makaya cut corners.

“Catherine Makaya was brought to the Miss Zimbabwe camp by Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa who said the girls in the Miss Zimbabwe camp were not beautiful.

“She (Makaya) came after the sashing ceremony. She never auditioned for Zimbabwe,” she claimed.

“When Thabiso Phiri was dethroned there was a rerun in which Catherine Makaya couldn’t answer questions correctly.”

But a furious Ruvheneko described the allegations as nonsense.

“MCs do not recruit contestants,” Ruvheneko told the Daily News.

“Catherine was in boot camp like all the other contestants and was selected by the members of the Miss Zimbabwe Trust to make it through to the finals that aired on TV.

“I am sure you can verify that. I was the MC for Miss Zimbabwe — both when Thabiso was crowned and when Catherine was crowned.

“MCs have no business recruiting contestants.”

Comments (1)

yendesai Grace uyo akati anemuviri wakanaka plus she has the money

zpf - 20 November 2014

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