By Mbuso Ncube
Harare- Newly-crowned Miss Tourism Zimbabwe, Tafadzwa Primrose Jaricha, has finally received her prize for coming tops at the pageant.
The 23 year old, practicing lawyer with Mhungu and Associates Legal Practitioners, was in September crowned the winner of the showcase, beating a bevy of 20 finalists who qualified for the finals that were staged in Bulawayo.
The handover ceremony was held on Tuesday at a Harare hotel.
The beauty queen received her promised $10 000, a return ticket to Malaysia and gift vouchers courtesy of Zimbabwe Tourism Authority. She also received a brand new Mercedes Benz C2OO Compressor courtesy of businesswoman Mercy Mafaro.
The first and second princess, Mashonaland East’s Natalie Tariro Chido Mangondo (22) and Life Deliwe Matunzeni (22) from Manicaland received $5000 respectively and they will be attached at the ZTA for one year.
Meanwhile, ZTA CEO, Karikoga Kaseke, who is reportedly ill and admitted at a local hospital, was represented by ZTA chief operating officer, Givemore Chidzidzi at the handover ceremony.
Kaseke who suffers from high blood pressure, is reported to have suffered a mild stroke and has been hospitalised for the past four weeks.
The former military man has been at the helm of ZTA for 13 years and is expected to leave office this year.
In attendance was Chief of Corporate communications Godfrey Koti, MTZ chief judge Sibusisiwe Dube, MTZ license holder Sarah Mpofu-Sibanda among others.