PUBLIC Administration student from the University of Zambia (UNZA) last Saturday secured herself a job at the Lusaka City Council(LCC) after scooping this year's Miss Keep Lusaka Clean beauty pageant held at Club Philys in Long-acres.
Perpetual Chalwe, a 22- year-old fourth year student out-classed 15 other contestants both in cat-walk and brains which guaranteed her a job in the Public Health department of the city council and a spot at the Afro City catwalk show in Dakar in December 2012.
Apart from a job at the council, Perpetual walked away with a laptop, a black-berry phone and a night at Mika Hotel.
First runner-up of the night was Nthabachi Mvula who got herself a marketing job at Lamise Advertising while second runner-up was Daisy Mwale, who walked away with a phone, gift voucher and a night at Blue Haven lodge.
Wrapping up the winners list on the night was 19-year- old Tiwonge Machele who walked away with a gift voucher and a night at Blue Haven Lodge as she was voted Miss Personality by her fellow contestants.
The Miss Keep Lusaka Clean 2012 which started three months ago saw the 16 contestants engage in cleaning and sensitising the public on how to keep the city tidy.
The contenders cleaned Lusaka's Cairo road and unblocked drainage in Mtendere Township.
The highly anticipated grand finale was not up to what the show deserved, it lacked publicity and the venue was too small for such an event,and the turn-out was not impressive.
Minister of Local Government and Housing Emerine Kabanshi and Lusaka Mayor Daniel Chisenga graced the show with the minister applauding the models for taking part in the event and sensitising the masses on how to keep their surroundings clean.
The show started after 22;00 hours with the models show-casing their casual traditional and cocktail out.
Standing out among them all was Perpetual whose dress, in the creativity category designed by Daniel Machiya, made out of the mosquito net charmed the audience.
According to the model, the dress was meant to show the people that apart from sleeping under a mosquito net people can also prevent the spread of malaria by disposing off their garbage in designated places and use proper sewer systems.
The four categories were enough for the judges comprising Terence Miselo and Bwalya Nawa as the head judge to decide who should be the ambassador for the Keep Lusaka Clean campaign.
While performances were provided by Kay Figo, Mangarita, Maria and a joke of drunk artistes calling themselves Secrets,
kept a handful of revelers on their toes. The winner was announced in the early hours of Sunday and a handful
of patrons that had remained had no hard feelings as they endorsed the judges' decision with applause for the winners.
Denise Silitoe, Caroline Tole, Matilda Tonga, Theresa Chishala, Thengiwe Phiri, Hanna Chiwenda, Rachael Musukwa, Monica Bwalya, Patience Mwila, Rachael Phiri and Jemma Bbalo who were slightly bigger than other models, are the contestants that never took anything home.