The belated 2009 Miss Tourism Zimbabwe has provoked another debate on the brains of the beauties with the organizers “managing the crisis” by asking questions divorced from knowledge of the country.
Organizers surprised all and sundry by asking questions that had nothing to do with marketing the country and focused on personal feelings.
ZTA boss Karikoga Kaseke allegedly barred the ladies to grant any interviews to the media last week arguing that they were trying to “manage a crisis”.
“We are trying to manage a crisis that you created in your respective provinces,” Kaseke is said to have told the ladies reffering to controversies that surrounded events in Mashonaland Central, Harare and Manicaland.
In that bid, the ladies were asked questions that best suited kindergarten kids.
Questions asked include, “What motivates you and why? Best advice you received in entering the pageant, what would make you win tonight’s contest? What do you see when you look at yourself through the mirror?”
Another contestant was asked to describe beauty in her own words while another was asked what she treasured in a friend and one was asked what she see if she looks at herself in the mirror.
The questions divorced from those asked in the Miss Harare contest that were challenging and meant to check if the contestants’ knowledge about their country was sound.
ZTA public relations manager Sugar Chagonda said they had no problem with the questioning as the contest was meant to groom the lady to represent the country with sound knowledge of her personal values hence the questions were relevant.
“The idea is we were looking for an all rounder who has a basis for improvement and represent the country well. So to us it was fine,” he said.
However, this has send another growing fear that the strategy by ZTA will work out of Zimbabwe’s favour as the representatives in international pageants will have to know of the basics regarding the country.
“The pageant was supposed to groom a beautiful lady to represent the country well on the international scene but their crisis management strategy will work against us,” said Misheck Mukaro who was part of the proceedings.
The brains of the beauties was put under scrutiny at the Miss Harare finals were most of the ladies were in the dark about the inclusive government, the country’s vice president, the deputy prime ministers and minerals mined in Chiadzwa.
The contest that was won by favourite Bulawayo’s Samantha Tshuma who had attracted large cheers from mainly Bulawayo fans who had travelled to support their queen.
Nyaradzo Nhongonhema became the choice for Miss Personality.
Destiny Bhobho was voted Miss Personality while Chido Mashaya was crowned the first runner up with Tafadzwa Mugazambi becoming the second princess.