FORMER BOYFRIEND’S DRAMATIC CLAIM
The reigning Miss Botswana’s ex boyfriend has hit out at the rules governing the beauty pageant for robbing him of the joys of fatherhood.
In a dramatic revelation Ryqual Chikwira, 26, who dated Miss Botswana, Rosemary Keofitlhetse for two years, claims the ‘oppressive and discriminatory’ rules pushed the current queen to abort their baby for the crown.
Just weeks before hopeful contestants line up to compete for this year’s crown, the ex boyfriend to the current title-holder has strongly condemned regulations governing the Miss Botswana contest.
Ryqual Chikwira hit out at the rule that contestants should ‘never have given birth to a child and not be pregnant,’ claiming that the entry condition resulted in his 20-year-old former girlfriend aborting their baby when two months pregnant.
A staunch anti abortion campaigner, Chikwira pulls no punches when he talks about the stringent requirements for women to enter Miss Botswana, which form part of the rules governing entry to Miss World.
Speaking in an interview he said he hoped that his decision to speak out would not only help him find closure to an incident that he said plunged him into deep depression, but would also raise awareness on beauty pageants and their negative effects on women.
“If Miss Botswana is indeed a celebration of women’s femininity, why aren’t women with children allowed to compete for the crown?
“I find it extremely hypocritical that Rosemary, after aborting her own child is often paraded around the country as a model of perfect womanhood giving speeches on how much she loves children.
In fact every time I hear her talk about her love for children, I cringe and wonder in what way that could be empowering for her as the organisers of Miss Botswana claim,” he said.
I had named her Scarlet Rose and up to now I know she lives in heaven and looks down on us.
I know she has forgiven the mom too and I think she actually looks down on her and thinks: “ Why mom? I would have given you smiles and more joy than this crown could ever give you.”
Narrating the events that led to the decision to terminate the pregnancy, Chikwara tells of how the queen fell pregnant six months before the pageant.
“It was an unplanned baby but I promised to stand by her side and support the child.
“I begged her not to do it and even pledged to put P100 00 on the table to assure her that financially the baby would be provided for, but she wouldn’t budge.
“We argued about it but winning that crown was all she could think about.”
Chikwara explained how one of Rosemary’s friends even called him to try and convince him to support the plan to terminate the pregnancy.
“There was no way in hell I was going to do that. Eventually she crossed to SA without my knowledge, did it and brought me a receipt as proof. I was gutted.”
Meanwhile Keofitlhetse responded with shock and horror, denying the damaging allegations.
When contacted for a comment she at first thought the allegation was a rumour spread by the Miss Botswana organisers to discredit her so that they could find a way to avoid giving her the promised prize of a luxury car.
But when told her ex-boyfriend had made the claims, she said: “Yes, Ryqual was my boyfriend but he is a psycho.
I never killed his baby. We broke up in 2012 and I was never pregnant with his baby or anybody’s baby for that matter.”
When told that Ryqual had kept e-mails, facebook messages, a receipt from Mariestopes abortion clinic in Johannesburg, and even used pregnancy test sticks as proof of his claims, she said: “That guy is a computer expert.
He created fake facebook accounts in my name and hacked into my email inbox to generate fake message in order to tarnish my name.”
Contacted for a comment one of the Botswana Council of Women Executives, the licence holders for Miss Botswana, Dorcas Molefhe promised to reply.
However after claiming to have been in a meeting for two days, and nights, she is yet to respond.
MISS BOTSWANA2013 ENTRY RULES
The pageant entry requirements included the following:
- The contestant must be a citizen of Botswana with a valid Identity Card (Omang) or Passport.
- Should be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 years. 25 turned this year.
- Not be married and never had a marriage annulled.
- Not be Engaged
- Never have given birth and not be pregnant.
- Not have visible tattoos.
- Have no criminal record
- Minimum Height Requirements: 1.7 meters
Audition Fee: P 250.00