Technical University of Mombasa Fourth year Journalism and Mass Communication Student Ann Paula Machio is the new Miss Tourism Busia champion.
Machio, 21, from Butula Sub County overcame a spirited challenge from 13 other participants to lift the title during the County finals held at Chefwest Hotel in Busia Town on Saturday night.
Jackline Akinyi from Matayos Sub County emerged the first runners up with Maseno University First Year Business Administration student Vanne Tess Ajiambo from Teso South taking the Second runners up position.
Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong who was the Chief Guest presented Machio with the top award of Sh75,000. Akinyi was awarded Sh50,000 and Tess Sh35,000. Machio takes over from Leah Otysula who finished sixth overall nationally.
” It was a pleasant surprise to win the top prize considering the quality of participants. I attribute it to my mother , an Education Officer in Budalang’i, who has always supported me, Machio said.
Renown judges Ian Mbugua and Robert Burale of the Tusker Project Fame and Miss Tourism Kenya Wendy Bella were on the bench to pick Busia’s best . The participants went through professional, casual, traditional, creative and dinner wear categories.
Questions and answers time tested the participants intelligent quotient. Machio was asked how she would tackle the bad vice of corruption if she was the President of Kenya.
” I will ensure such leaders were arraigned before court and jailed if they were found culpable in order to serve as an example to others who might attempt to engage in the vice,” she said.
In the special category, Machio also won the most talented pageant award . Lynda Opemi took the most creative award. They each received a Smartphone from Safaricom.
Others who witnessed the thrilling finals included Portugal Ambassador Luisa Fragoso, CAS Foreign Affairs Ababu Namwamba, Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi, First Ladies Judy Onamu (Busia), Lydia Khaemba (Trans Nzoia) and county officials.