Miss Botswana Thata Kenosi, her princesses Oabona Kamona and Phatsimo Baoaki received their prizes from the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture (MYSC) alongside all the other top 12 contestants. Deputy Permanent Secretary in the MYSC Peter Mongwaketse said following the controversy that surrounded the queen, they have done all that they were supposed to do in ensuring that they follow up the controversy and see whether the right things have been done. “I can assure you that the right requirements have been followed in making sure that the queen is chosen and there was no favour,” he said, dismissing allegations that the queen was favoured because the judging criteria followed Miss World standards, and the judging was not done by the same people throughout.
He said that it is important to understand that before crowning in July the process started in May 2016 and judges have been assigned to make sure that they choose the finalists that were sharpened. He said that the training that they went through was meant to create a well-rounded woman and at the grand finale it was Thata Kenosi who after accumulating points from the boot camp was then awarded the crown of being Miss Botswana, and there was also an independent auditor who watched the whole process to make sure that there is fairness. He revealed that she has already finished a proposal for her project. He urged Batswana to make sure that they support her before she goes because her project has to be completed before she travels to Washington DC in November. He said that they all want Miss Botswana to become a great brand, and that was why the theme of this year ‘Lesedi La Rona’. He said that Miss Botswana is an asset and will be an inspiration to young people and will help empower them.
Rapula Okaile from Capital Management Botswana encouraged the queen to learn about investments and invest her money in something worthwhile, the same way she invests a lot on her looks all the time. He said most Batswana are consumer related and do not invest their money or save. Kenosi received her P300 000 cash prize, Kamona received her P150 000, Baoaki received her P75 000 while the rest of the ladies received the P7 000 cash prize. Miss Botswana, her princesses and the top 12 contestants also got other prizes from the other sponsors.