Miss Zim Trust should be professional

HARARE - Miss Zimbabwe Trust, holders of the Miss Zimbabwe should be professional enough in handling affairs of the national beauty pageant.

The Trust recently held a “press conference” at which they exclusively invited one journalist from the state media to cover their announcement to expel reigning Miss Zimbabwe, Emily Kachote.

Marry Chiwenga, the Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson and her team should be reminded that the pageant is a national showcase that should not be personalised and should be publicised to the nation.

Had the Miss Zimbabwe beauty pageant been a private pageant like the Mr Ugly or even the Miss Curvy pageants, as a journalist, I would not begrudge the Trust for holding an exclusive “press conference” for one journalist at the expense of all other journalists from various newspapers, radio and television stations.

As for the trusted journalist, this was indeed a “scoop” and true, it turned out to be a big story because he was the first to break it, indeed a “hot” running story that all other journalists had been chasing for weeks since the news of Kachote’s nude pictures began filtering on the social media.

Yes, we know in journalism there are exclusive stories given to individual journalists or newspapers, but surely not something that is of national interest like the Miss Zimbabwe nude pictures saga.

Does the Trust mistrust all the snubbed media outlets and their journalists to such an extent?

Even Kachote, who had been summoned to the “press conference”, to announce her expulsion, did not know beforehand its agenda, only to be ambushed as an official from the Trust began reading a statement announcing her expulsion.

Mind you this is the second year running that the Trust has encountered the same problem, that of eventual winners being exposed through their nude pictures.

The Miss Zimbabwe Trust should look at themselves in the mirror, evaluate their methods of selection thus far; and see where they are getting it all wrong.

They should change their tactics and handle the job with humility as they are dealing with fragile young ladies who are still trying to find their space.

As it stands today with all these re-occurrences, the Trust should not be there to score points and pretend to be running a girls’ club.

While Kachote has not denied that there are nude pictures of her somewhere out there, she is unhappy over the manner in which the Trust treated her after the news of the said photos surfaced a few days after she had been crowned. Now she suspects the Trust did not approve of her win from the onset.

The Trust’s handling of Kachote’s case leaves a lot to be desired and it is already backfiring with the axed beauty now claiming that officials from the pageant preach what they do not practice as they were getting drunk in front of the contestants during their month long boot camp.

Among the rules for the Miss Zimbabwe contestants were that they should take alcohol and, listen to this; they should not have boyfriends.

But the bombshell that Miss Zimbabwe officials were getting drunk at boot camp is the worst scenario. That is a scandal and as they always say; do not throw stones when you know you are living in a glass house!

Comments (3)

Sad for the image I feel.Protecting the girl child should be priority events come to.

Shumba - 23 June 2015

Events come and go!

Shumba - 23 June 2015

The Trust is now acting like ZEC , they accept nominations and then verify the candidate after the results , this shows that the people doing the job their are not proffesionals pahukama .

Mudhara - 23 June 2015

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