Miss Zim Trust failed me: Makaya

HARARE - Dethroned Miss Zimbabwe Catherine Makaya says she is yet to receive formal communication from the Miss Zimbabwe Trust on why she was booted out unceremoniously.

In a statement to the Daily News on Sunday the 19-year-old beauty queen said the only communication she got from Mary Chiwenga-led Miss Zimbabwe Trust was on the withdrawal of the car she was supposed to have been given.

“The only communication I then received was that the vehicle I was supposed to have won in the pageant was now revoked,” said Makaya.

“The meetings I was asked to attend, I did, however while these were requested by the chairperson, she did not attend any of these and I met the Trust’s members of staff, who in turn clearly did not convey the content of our meetings.”

While conceding that her relationship with the Trust was far from being pleasant, Makaya denied ever being “stubborn” and “impossible to work with” during her short stint as Miss Zimbabwe.

“Quite the contrary, since my crowning, I have remained on stand-by to do anything the Trust asked of me, however, there has been little to nothing that was requested, in an official or unofficial capacity.

“This lack of activity needed urgent remedy, given that the Miss World Organisation expected that all contestants would do some work, charity and other, before the competition,” she said.

Makaya said she then called for a meeting involving the Miss Zimbabwe Trust and her family.

“I requested that I go ahead and conduct an activity, which could be included in my portfolio for Miss World, a request that was accepted and given the blessing by the Trust,” she claimed.

As soon as momentum was gathering concerning the charity work I had begun in Harare, Kwekwe, Bulawayo and other parts of the country, I was told to stop and not operate with my official title as doing so was insubordination.”

Makaya added that her relationship with the Miss Zimbabwe Trust deteriorated irretrievably.

“I promptly stopped attending events as Miss Zimbabwe and instead did so in my private capacity as these were engagements set up months in advance.

“My numerous requests for a brief or checklist of the things I could and could not do — terms of reference — fell on deaf ears and to this day I have had no sight of any sort of code of conduct, or rules of which I am now being said to have been in contravention.”

The teenage beauty queen also denied that she ever dissociated herself from the Miss Zimbabwe Trust as claimed by a local State-controlled weekly.

“The article attributed to my manager Yvonne Chiwara in the Sunday Mail of November 9, 2014 was misquoted.

“I have always been and remain cognisant that the Trust is the licence holder of Miss World in Zimbabwe and it would be folly to dissociate myself from it,” she said.

“I have the utmost respect for Mrs Mary Chiwenga and the team at the Miss Zimbabwe Trust, especially for their efforts in reviving the Miss Zimbabwe pageant in very difficult circumstances, the Zimbawean economics notwithstanding.

“I would like to thank Mrs Chiwenga and her team for the trust bestowed upon me during my short reign as Miss Zimbabwe and wish Tendai all the best at the Miss World pageant.

“I wish to thank all the people who have supported me throughout this journey, my family, the great people of the Midlands province, Bulawayo and its warm people that received and hosted me so well.”

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