Leisure Editor writes…
THE atmosphere looked relaxed and all seemed well. I arrived at the Miss Zimbabwe Trust offices together with photographer Kudakwashe Hunda and found Emily Tatanga Kachote seated in another room looking calm and collected. The beauty had not yet been told why she had been called to the offices and so occasionally she would chat on her phone. She clearly was at ease.
We sat at the reception for about two hours and because the Trust had shown trust in us by giving us the story exclusively, we sat like good guests without showing any impatience. We could smell a good story coming and so we were ready to wait for whatever time for this scoop.
About 15 minutes before the Miss Zimbabwe Trust chairperson, Mrs Marry Chiwenga arrived, the Trust’s spokesperson Tendai Chirau got the ball rolling. Chirau called us to one room and in a true Press conference format, except that it was only The Sunday Mail Leisure crew that was in attendance, he started reading the statement announcing the dethronement of Kachote.
All hell broke loose! Kachote was not going down without a fight and there was a heated exchange of hard words between the beauty and the spokesperson. The calm and collected beauty was gone. With tears filling her eyes and speaking in a voice showing anger, Kachote fought back saying all manner of things that she thought could save her. For a few minutes it seemed as if the situation was out of control. Kachote was spitting venom and Chirau tried to calm things down to no avail.
In the midst of the drama, a composed Mrs Chiwenga walked into the room but for Kachote this was no time for protocol. She continued her tirade and it seemed as if no one and nothing was going to calm her down. But once, Mrs Chiwenga took her seat, she took control of proceedings with an iron fist. Tempers were flaring but Mrs Chiwenga kept her cool as she, step by step, flattened Kachote’s arguments. In no time, a defeated and dejected Kachote accepted her fate.
It all unfolded before our shocked eyes. A bemused Chirau, a ragging Kachote and a composed Mrs Chiwenga. It’s the stuff reserved only for a newspaper of record!
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