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Power outage spoils pageant

Pascalinah Kabi

MASERU – The 2009 Miss Lesotho Companies last Saturday night turned out to be a big flop that almost reduced one of the organisers to tears. The beauty pageant, held at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre, saw spectators walking out before the real business of the night could take place because of a power outage.

The contestants only managed to parade in clothes provided by the participating companies before lights went off. When the lights returned, the plugs couldn’t work. One of the organisers, Limakatso Makutle, nearly wept after the event was dimmed out. Karabelo Mokoallo, the reigning Miss Lesotho Companies, said the lighting system at the venue had let them down.

“The training was okay but the lights and plugs were disastrous,” Mokoallo said. Mokoallo said the lights went off several times in

the middle of the event, forcing the organisers to call it off. “Some people decided to leave in the middle of the pageant because the lights were going off most of the time,” she said. “This forced the organisers to postpone the pageant midway to an unannounced date.”

Makutle complained about poor service at ‘Manthabiseng Convention Centre.

“Electricity was the problem throughout the time we spent there,” she said. “We ended up testing each and every socket at the

Convention Centre. “The service was poor as workers are normally present during the events to sort out problems like that. “But this time round they did not show up.” Makutle said the pageant was likely to be rescheduled. The inaugural Miss Lesotho Companies was held last November at Maseru Sun Hotel in the capital, with 14 models taking part.

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