This contest is run by Mary Mubaiwa-Chiwenga, the second wife of Mugabe’s army chief General Constantine Chiwenga.
A former model herself, Mrs Mubaiwa-Chiwenga courted controversy by charging spectators £180 each to attend the Miss Zimbabwe final, an eye-wateringly high price in a country where the average monthly salary is less than £120.
She is alleged to have told H-Metro, which is published by the state-owned Zimpapers group: "I was hoping the pictures would have been deleted by now since it happened a long time ago and I last spoke to the guy a year ago and I no longer have anything to do with [him] since what we had ended a long time ago.”News of the new nudes has split public opinion in Zimbabwe, with some suggesting Kachote is the victim of a sting.
But there are also calls for legal action to be taken against former partners who leak photos in Zimbabwe.
Ms Phiri was selected out of 26 finalists to take the Miss Zimbabwe title at a black-tie ceremony in Harare on 14 June.
We’ve no space for chancers,” said Miss Zimbabwe Trust spokesperson Tendau Chirau.
Contestants pose during the finals of Miss World 2011 in London, November 6, 2011.
The Zimbabwe branch of Miss World is introducing biblical oaths to deter contestants who have taken nude photographs from entering the competition.
“These developments are still fresh,” she told the privately-owned Daily News.
A statement released by the Miss Zimbabwe Trust, which Mrs Mubaiwa-Chiwenga heads, said: “Due to circumstances unforeseen at the time of holding the Miss Zimbabwe pageant on June 14 and which circumstances are peculiar and personal to the winner of the pageant, Miss Thabiso Phiri, it has become imperative that she steps down as the queen.
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