Min Mbwembwe hails pageant
12 October 2017
NEWLY-APPOINTED Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry, Honourable Edgar Mbwembwe, has described the forthcoming second edition of Miss Tourism Zimbabwe as an epitome of dignity and culture.
Pageant patron Barbara Mzembi yesterday hosted a media reception for updates on the progress they have made.
Dates for the official ceremony have been set for December 9 at the Harare International Conference Centre.
In his speech, Minister Mbwembwe pledged Government’s full support for the pageant.
“As Government, we want the Miss Tourism Zimbabwe pageant to remain as one of our main calendar events to enhance the Zimbabwe brand to the rest of the world.
“Our intentions and expectations thereof are to establish an indelible legacy in beauty pageants in the country, the region and world at large.
“I have no doubt that the pageant organisers are committed and they will live up to the top billing of a world class Miss Tourism event in December 2017,” he said.
However, a cloud is hovering over the pageant as founders Zimbabwe Tourism Authority have distanced themselves from the beauty contest.
There was even no representation from ZTA at the presser.
Quizzed over the issue, Barbara said she is only a patron appointed by ZTA.
“I was asked to be the pageant’s patron by ZTA and to say that they are not part of this year’s event would rather be untruthful.
“They haven’t made an official statement to reappoint me so we are still in this together, this is not a Barbara Mzembi pageant,” she said.
This year, the pageant has partnered with ZBC, Zimbabwe Agriculture Society (where auditions will be conducted), Air Zimbabwe, Pro Air and ZLG.
Yesterday’s event was also attended by Minister of State for Provincial Affairs responsible for Harare Province Miriam Chikukwa, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Anastasia Ndlovu and reigning Miss Tourism Zimbabwe Ashley Morgen.