eneral Chiwenga’s wife, Mary has slammed Environment minister, Saviour Kasukuwere for reneging on his promise of support for the Miss Zimbabwe finalists.
Chiwenga who is the Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson let rip after the beauties were denied entry into the Victoria Falls Rainforest. The contestants are said to have spent hours at the Rainforest entry point in Victoria Falls after being denied entry on Tuesday last week. Efforts by Mrs Chiwenga to get the minister or his team to give the green light for the models were unsuccessful.
“Miss Zimbabwe Trust could have paid for the girls to enter the Rainforest if the ministry had not promised,” fumed Mrs Chiwenga. “In my personal capacity and on behalf of the trust, I would like to express my disappointment in the minister, his permanent secretary and the director-general of national parks, for failing to fulfil the promise they had made to those young women.
“I would like to urge whoever is supporting the girls that they must honour their pledges. Imagine that these girls spent weeks in Victoria Falls and did everything else except that one important tour of the Rainforest,” seethed Mrs Chiwenga.
“This is promotion of the girl child. Miss Zimbabwe is not a business, it is a national event, which promotes this country and uplifts the girl child. We really expect Minister Kasukuwere to grasp that.
“What will the country’s representative say when asked about Victoria Falls at the Miss World? That she was denied entry to the Rainforest the first time she attempted to experience the place?These are ambassadors for our country.”
Mrs Chiwenga said that after the initial hiccup, she called the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary Prince Mupazviriho, who bluntly told her to pay for her girls.
“The Permanent Secretary told me that they are also looking for money and that I should pay for the girls. I told him that the Minister had agreed to the sponsorship but he insisted that we should pay. I then called the Minister who referred me to the director general of national parks (Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority).
“I then called Chidziya (Edison), the director general, but there was no joy. His people only called me with a go ahead around 5pm, long after the tired girls had retired to their rooms at the hotel,” explained Mrs Chiwenga.
When contacted by The Sunday Mail Leisure for comment, Environment Water and Climate Minister Kasukuwere referred all questions to Mr Chidziya.
Efforts to get a comment from Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority director general Mr Edison Chidziya were unsuccessful.