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Jescar Mponda right choice for Miss Malawi 2022 –Judges

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Twenty-three-year-old Jescar Mponda was on Saturday crowned Miss Malawi 2022 by First Lady Madam Monica Chakwera at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

The First Lady was supposed to crown the new queen with the 2018 crown holder Tiwonge Munthali but she was not part of it due to circumstances beyond her control, according to organisers Alpha Arts.

“It is a great honour to be part of the beauty contest which needs support,” the First Lady, who donated K1 million, said.

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Mponda’s selection, however, did not amuse part of the audience which started chanting mwatibera!mwatibera! (you have stolen from us) during Mponda’s crowning.

Some people also took to social media to express their disappointment with the judges.

But the judges, who included Linda Poya and former queens in Rachel Landson (2005) and Elizabeth Pullu Nkhwazi (2001), maintained that they made the right choice.

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“I am not apologetic, it is the right choice. We do not go with the opinion of the people and we are not moved by the crowd. Some people just saw the girls on stage because of how they presented themselves but we were looking at a lot of things including character,” Landson said.

Pullu Nkhwazi described the contest as tough in that all the girls were brilliant, beautiful and intelligent.

“It was not an easy pick but we tried and selected the best,” she said.

Miss Malawi Licence holder Carver Bhima said the contest was hard, hence having a tie.

Mponda, who received a cash prize, among others, and is also expected to travel to Dubai with all expenses paid for, courtesy of Blueberry Travels. He outclassed two other finalists in Hlezipe Chikhwaza and Roberta Kanjelo, who were crowned first and second princess, respectively.

Earlier on, Kanjelo was also crowned Miss Photogenic with Hilda Macheso and Vanessa Makungwa claiming the Miss Popularity and Miss Personality respectively.

After parading in different categories including evening and office wears and also showcasing their talents, the top 12 were narrowed down to five, who had to be asked questions before going down to top three.

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Michael Usi and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nancy Tembo also attended the beauty pageant, which was spiced up by performances from, among others, Piksy and Leslie.

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