Dar es Salaam — Miss Tanzania organising committee has appointed Julita Kabete, to represent the country at Miss World 2017 competition to be staged in Sanya, China next month.
The committee chairman, Mr Hashim Lundenga, said today October 18 that they have decided to appoint a representative because they don't have money to organise national competition in such a short period.
Julitha is former Miss Dar Centre and Miss Ilala who finished fifth in the 2016 beauty pageant which was held in Mwanza for the first time in the history of the pageant.
Organisers say they have been forced into this unorthodox method due to the delay of getting clearance from the National Arts Council (Basata), a body that sanctions such contests.
According to Lino International Agency, they only received the green light a couple of weeks ago, at a time when the Miss World contest is only a couple of weeks away, meaning they could not wait to get for the Miss Tanzania winner.
"She has experience in international beauty pageants as last year she represented Tanzania in Miss Africa and did well. Apart from that, she is talented, disciplined and these are some of the critical aspects that we took into consideration for her selection," says Rico
They believe she was the best choice given her ability to express herself, her vast knowledge of Tanzania's tourist attractions and international exposure which are some of the issues that gave her an edge above the rest.
This is not the first time that the agency has resorted to handpicked candidates. In 2012 Lisa Jensen was handed the rather undesirable task of representation as the organisation again cited being time-barred.
The representation was very lukewarm, nobody ever noticed let alone recognize her attempt at the world crown.