Former beauty Queen arrested for accusing Ministers of sexual harassment

BULAWAYO,- Police on Saturday arrested and sent prominent businesswoman and founder of Miss Rural Zimbabwe pageant, Sipho Mazibuko to Ingutsheni Mental Hospital after she made a report accusing several ministers and senior government officials of sexually harassing her for the past five years.

In 2007 Mazibuko, who also runs beauty contests under the Miss Summer Strides, was briefly detained by police on allegations that she abused girls under her care during camps for the Miss Rural Zimbabwe pageant.

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But Mazibuko in turn accused Karikoga Kaseke the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority (ZTA) boss of victimising her by using police after she turned down his demands for sexual favours.

However police officers on duty at Bulawayo police station accused Mazibuko of suffering from a mental illness after she visited the police station to make a report against certain ministers and other senior government officials whom she claimed abused her and her models who were part of the Miss Rural Zimbabwe pageant.

Mazibuko had also called journalists to come to the police station and be witnesses whilst she was making the report of sexual abuse. When Radio Vop visited central police station Mazibuko, who had finished making her report- CR number 8884/11 had been arrested. Police officers on duty refused to reveal to journalists the names of the ministers and government officials whom she accused of sexually harassing her and her models.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Mandlenkosi Moyo confirmed police arrested Mazibuko and sent her to Ingutsheni Mental Hospital after she caused a stir at the Station.

“ She was arrested and sent to Ingutsheni as we suspect she has a mental problem because after making her report of sexual abuse she started shouting at police officers on duty especially at the male officers , ” said Moyo.

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In 2008, Mazibuko announced she was retiring from the world of beauty pageants. The former beauty queen said she wanted to focus on charity work.Mazibuko caused a stir a few years ago when contestants at the Miss Rural Zimbabwe pageants paraded bare breasted on stage.

But she defended her decision saying there was nothing unusual about expossed breasts because it was part of the culture of the Ndebele and other tribes in the olden days.