Model gets Mercedes Benz, $10 000

The Manica Post - - The Weekender - Lib­erty Dube Week­ender Cor­re­spon­dent

MUTARE-BASED model-cum-lawyer Tafadzwa Jaricha, who was re­cently crowned Miss Tourism Zim­babwe, was on Tues­day pre­sented with a sleek Mercedes Benz C200 and $10 000, for clinch­ing the ti­tle.

The pageant or­gan­is­ers, how­ever, re­vealed that Jaricha will not rep­re­sent the coun­try at in­ter­na­tional pageant this year due to in­ad­e­quate prepa­ra­tions, among other rea­sons.

Speak­ing at the han­dover cer­e­mony, MTZ pageant na­tional li­cence­holder Sarah Mpofu-Sibanda, said they re­solved that Jaricha holds the crown for a year to ac­cord her time to ad­e­quately pre­pare for the in­ter­na­tional con­test.

“Our queen will not rep­re­sent the coun­try this year on in­ter­na­tional level be­cause we have con­sid­ered a lot of con­di­tions which in­clude the time frame that is needed to do the prepa­ra­tions. We have lit­tle time be­cause she has to learn a lot of things. Re­ports from past win­ners have shown that we have to ad­e­quately pre­pare the queen for the in­ter­na­tional stage,” she said.

This means that Jaricha (23) au­to­mat­i­cally qual­i­fies for the 2019 Miss Tourism World fi­nals.

Jaricha re­ceived a brand new Mercedes-Benz C200 which has al­ready been reg­is­tered in her name cour­tesy of Dr Mercy Ma­fara. An­other model from Mutare Life Mathun­zeni, who was the sec­ond princess, re­ceived $5 000 while the first princess Natalie Man­godo walked away with $7 000. The three con­tes­tants also re­ceived $1 000 each from prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya.

“This is a great hon­our for me and Man­i­ca­land at large. I will have more time to pre­pare for next year’s Miss World pageant. I would like to thank the spon­sors, friends as well as my mother for be­liev­ing in me. It was not easy, but God saw me through. I will con­tinue to work hard and in­spire other bud­ding mod­els and make them be­lieve that with faith and de­ter­mi­na­tion, noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble,” she said.

Miss Tourism Man­i­ca­land li­cence holder, Caro­line Marufu-Buwu, who was also present at the han­dover cer­e­mony nur­tured, Jaricha since the jour­ney started at provin­cial level.

“We are happy for Tafadzwa and the other two princesses. They worked hard to be where they are. At least she will have am­ple time to pre­pare for next year’s in­ter­na­tional pageant,” she said.

Tafadzwa Jaricha poses with her new Merc

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