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Students cause trouble at Miss Blantyre pageant

Students from the University of Malawi – College of Medicine in Blantyre on Friday nearly disrupted the long-awaited Miss Blantyre pageant held at College of Medicine Complex Hall.

With the organisers only hiring two police officers, it was difficult for them to control some of the students who were troublesome throughout and they kept on storming the stage which irked some fans.

The students stormed the stage during performances and also flooded the stage when the winner was announced.

But despite the students’ trouble, most of whom were drunk, the organisers braved the situation and went on until the end which saw a University of Malawi – Polytechnic Bachelor of Accountancy student Chisomo Machelo claiming the crown.

The 21-year won the hearts of the judges of model Gladys Kumbatira, Annie Ganiza and Jones Kumwenda.

She outclassed nine other contestants during the beauty pageant which delayed to start and ended up spilling over to the early hours of Saturday.

As winner, Machelo, who was over the moon and received the crown from former queen Nerani Nthala, said she never saw this coming as the competition was stiff.

“I never saw this coming, the competition was stiff because all the other contestants did well but the secret to winning is all because I listened to advice,” she said.

Machelo among other prizes assumed two ambassadorial roles – one for the Keep Blantyre Clean and Green and Online Education courtesy of Yanga. Co from Lilongwe which handed her car keys on the day.

Yanga.Co will also be giving the new queen a monthly stipend and then will also open an office for her.

She also received a ticket from one of the sponsors Axa.

Machelo said she will work hand in hand with the Blantyre City Council particularly the Keep the Blantyre Clean campaign and that she will undertake several awareness programmes.

“I have a very big challenge to make sure that Blantyre is clean, again I will continue from where my colleague Nerani Nthala stopped,” she said.

The first princess was 20-year old Vanessa Chiutsi with Tunosiwe Mwakalenga as the second princess.

The contestants paraded in different wears including evening wear and also had time to sell brands for different companies.

Running under the theme ‘Beyond Beauty,’ the contestants also underwent a question time revolving around the theme.

Before the judges announced the winner, they first of all came up with top five. Among others, the judges said they based their scores on brains and intelligence, beauty, confidence, sales abilities and the theme.

Other contestants who participated in the pageant included Victoria Mhone, Mercy Lusungu Mtileni, Loveness Chivambe , Sandra Kalua, Lucy Banda, Murimu Kachitsa and Atupele Chikalimba and Vanessa Thyolani.

Guest of honour Deputy Mayor Wild Ndipo hailed the organisers for the event and said as partners, Blantyre City Council is not only looking for facial beauty in the ambassador for Keep Blantyre Clean but rather she should shoulder the challenge of driving this agenda of keeping Blantyre clean and green.

“Blantyre City Council did not hesitate to accept to endorse and support the organisation of Miss Blantyre 2015. We fell in love with their concept of encouraging fellow youths to become responsible residents,” he said.

Ndipo’s speech however, received a cold shoulder from the audience who were making noise as they felt it was ‘too long.’

During the pageant, the organisers also auctioned two cakes with one of them doing to Ndipo, who was among the highest bidder.

Chairperson of the organising committee Daniel Ngwira said they were satisfied with the outcome of the pageant despite the students’ trouble.

Some of the artists who spiced up the pageant included Blak Jak and Nesness.

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