The Governor and Resident Minister for Harare Metropolitan Province, Cde David Karimanzira has bemoaned the lack of cleanliness in the capital, especially the central business district and has called on residents to take the responsibility of cleaning the city so that it retains its sunshine status.Cde Karimanzira said this at a Miss Tourism Pageant clean up campaign held in Harareâ€™s market square area.
The campaign was organised by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority as part of the beauty queensâ€™ social responsibility programme.
Cde Karimanzira commended the Miss Tourism pageant and the beauty queens for being well-groomed and being responsible individuals who thrive on retaining Harareâ€™s sunshine status considering that tourism thrives in a clean and peaceful environment.
â€œApart from marketing the country, the winners should be engaged in charitable events and development projects,â€ said Cde Karimanzira.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Givemore Chidzidzi said the social responsibility is just one of the programmes each of the 35 girls has to undergo apart from the tourism site tours, life skills and grooming lectures they are receiving in preparation for the final day.
â€œContrary to claims and sayings like â€˜beauty with no brains,â€™ this year the group is composed of college and university students who are being trained in camp to be true ambassadors of the countryâ€™s tourism,â€said Mr. Chidzidzi.
However, observers said the beauty pageant is not being run professionally so as to increase the chances of the beauty queens winning when they go abroad.
They said indications are that the girls are most likely going to perform badly on aptitude tests as most of them do not know much of this countryâ€™s national issues and current affairs, raising questions as to how they are going to represent and market Zimbabwe abroad.
The Miss Tourism pageant will be held on the 12th of this month.