HARARE – The inaugural Miss Heritage World beauty pageant which was set to kick off in Harare on Saturday last week failed to take place due to financial problems.
The pageant which has since been postponed to Friday has also been hampered by a failure by organisers to secure visas for 22 models who were set to take part in the global contest.
“The event could not take place due to financial challenges the pageant faced,” Tare Munzara, executive chairperson of the pageant said.
The organisers communicated via their Facebook page at around midnight for a show meant to start a 6pm saying: “Greetings we humbly officially announce that we are postponing Miss Heritage world pageant for next week Friday.”
Tendai Goredema who had turned up at the venue to witness the crowning of miss heritage at the black tie event said he was disappointed to only find out that the pageant had been cancelled.
“I am upset that I only got to know that the show was cancelled when I got to the Rainbow Towers”, he said.
22 year old Latoya Chris who had also come to witness the crowning of Miss Heritage said poor planning resulted in cancellations or postponements.
“This only shows that the organisers of the event did not go all the way in planning the event to make sure it is successful,” he said.
He said the organiser had embarrassed the country at large, by failing to host a world event which was being followed closely by millions after the media hype that he had created around the pageant.
At a press conference held earlier in the week, the organiser could not disclose the prize the winner was walking away with saying; “we are still trying to seal a deal with the people who offered to give us the prizes for the winners”.
The organisers indicated that organisations that had pledged to come forward with prizes for winners failed to make good on their promises at the last minute.