Miss Carnival pageant hangs in the balance

HARARE - This year’s Miss Carnival will not take place amid funding and planning concerns.

Miss Carnival is part of the Harare International Carnival (HIC) which has been slated for mid-September and early October.

Although there has not been an official comment on Miss Carnival from the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) which hosts HIC, sources close to the proceedings said there was not enough money to host the pageant.

This then means the reigning Carnival queen, Gamuchirai Kujeke remains queen.

Traditionally, the search for Miss Carnival begins two months before the launch of the Carnival, but with only a few days left before it starts, there seems to be nothing materialising.

“There have been changes made to the HIC, including Miss Carnival. The ZTA did not put the pageant in the budget, mainly because there was an issue to do with mismanagement and low funds. No one really ran that pageant; it involved a lot of people.

“There was talk of it being run by Mercy Mushaninga of ZimGossip Modelling Agency but the talks collapsed. So basically the pageant was run by multiple people, and for something to succeed, it must have one point person. Too many cooks spoil the broth.

“Another thing is that the funding was too general. Some factors were not being considered for example, the queen needs make-up, fitness, wardrobe catered for but it was not in the budget. Some individuals had to finance all this from their own pockets,” said the source.

Efforts to get comments from the ZTA on the issue were fruitless as all the people authorised to comment were said to be out of the country.

This year’s Carnival will also have events which include the ZimDancehall night, Bira night, Street Processions and others.

It will be longer as well, with last year’s lasting for a week; this year’s edition will take up to three weeks, with the events dotted around the days.

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