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Subject: Miss World Tourism President Flees Zimbabwe

The Times of Zambia (Ndola) Meluse Kapatamoyo
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Date Posted: 03/ 5/05 3:55:49am

March 4, 2005
Posted to the web March 4, 2005

AFTER a successful Miss Tourism World 2005 pageant in Zimbabwe, president of the tourism beauty event John Singh fled the country on Wednesday after Micheal Orji of Original Black Entertainment Television (OBETV) filed for an urgent application seeking an order to be paid US $200,000 by Singh.

High court Judge Justice Antoinette Guvava, who presided over the case, had issued out an order to have Singh appear in court at 19:00 on Wednesday and make an undertaking that he would pay OBETV before he flew out of the country.

But when Orji's lawyer Aston Musunga went to serve him the order in the company of high court deputy sherrif, Kunze Everton, he could not because the beauty pageant president was nowhere to be found.

Singh could not be located at his hotel although he had not checked out formally. However, the deputy sheriff served the papers on Singh's assistant Paul Gibson who claimed ignorance on Singh's whereabouts but said he had seen him five minutes earlier.

The group later drove to the airport upon learning that Singh was getting ready to leave the country.

But when they reached the airport, they where detained by the police who refused to allow them access to serve him the court order.

Orji, his lawyer and the sheriff had to watch helplessly as Singh was removed from the Air Zimbabwe plane to a British plane that took off minutes later.

Commenting on the incident Orji said he failed to understand how a policeman could overrule a court order.

"I am still in shock at the incident because I didn't think such things can happen anywhere in the world. We had him but they let him leave the country. Why ? I have no idea." said Orji.

He however added that the charges against him would be pursued in Britain and other countries where he had held pageants before.

"He owes us so much because he did not pay a cent for anything. We will pursue this in all countries that he intends to hold shows.

He has held pageants before in Thailand, China, Tanzania and Namibia, they will all be notified," he said.

He said the Miss Tourism World pageant last week signed a US $ 5 million with OBETV for next years pageant.

" We signed a deal with Singh for next years pageant, but with what has happened that deal will be terminated," he said.

OBETV did media consultancy for the Miss Tourism World Pageant and was supposed to be paid 10 per cent of the total licence fees.

According to the agreement between OBETV and Singh, a copy which was shown to the media, the latter undertook to pay 10 per cent of the total amount of fees charged and received from the host country.

The Zimbabwean government paid Singh US $2 million as licence fees for holding the Miss Tourism World 2005 in the country.

The pageant was screened to millions of viewers across the world courtesy of Zimbabwe Television, M-Net and England's OBETV.

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