Sophia Chese Arts Correspondent
Miss World Zimbabwe Trust said they would not dethrone the newly crowned Miss World Zimbabwe Emily Kachote over mere allegations of leaked nude pictures. Addressing a media conference at their offices yesterday, Miss Zimbabwe Trust spokesperson Tendai Chirau said they would investigate the allegations before taking any steps. This follows the publication of a story in H-Metro yesterday saying that an ex-boyfriend of the recently crowned pageant queen had leaked the pictures into the public domain on social media.
“As a Trust if we hear such information we have to sit down, look at the allegations, investigate further and come up with a position,” he said.
He said but if they should find out that the allegations are true then the trust has no choice but to dethrone the queen.
“When the girls toured the country’s provinces, we told them that if they had posed nude anywhere they were not supposed to participate in the pageant and those who qualified for the finals assured us that they do not have any nude pictures anywhere.
“We have rules and regulations that govern the trust,” he said.
He added that beside the verbal commitment the girls also signed written statements declaring that they had never posed nude.
Chirau said that chairperson of the trust, Mrs Marry Chiwenga, is not in the country and is expected back on Friday after which the trust would sit with the queen.
Chirau revealed that Thabiso Phiri who was crowned Miss Zimbabwe 2014 was not dethroned over leaked nude pictures as has been generally believed by the public.
“Thabiso Phiri was not dethroned, she resigned and the reasons why she decided to resign were best known to her and up to now we do not know why she resigned,” he said.
“We never saw the pictures and even now if you go on internet you will find photo-shopped pictures not originals pictures,” he said.
With that in mind Chirau said that the trust would take any alleged photos of the queen to graphics experts to determine if they are real or forgeries
In an interview with The Herald Entertainment over the alleged matter, Emily Kachote did not have much to say.
“I don’t know what this is all about. That is all I can say for now,” she said.