Scandal rocked the local pageant several weeks ago when Monique Smith, the reigning Miss Tourism Namibia, accused Rukero, who has served as director of the pageant since inception, of trying to steal from her.
Rukero was accused of giving Smith’s flight ticket to Miss Tourism Congo and of taking all the proceeds from the entry fee to the pageant, amongst other accusations.
Rukero, who vehemently denied the allegations, was then forced to replace Smith with the first runner-up for the world pageant because Namibia still had to send a representative.
He said he took the decision after he had consulted the organisers of the world pageant.
He insisted that all the participants of the pageant had been informed beforehand about what their contractual obligations were if they won the pageant.
“I explained to her why she needed to sign the contract…During the pageant the MC also informed the girls that those who did not comply would be disqualified from the pageant.
“I removed her because I could not trust her anymore after the allegations she raised, and the issue soon became racially motivated, with them saying black people are corrupt,” he said.
He further stated that he had stripped Smith of her title temporarily because her allegations were under investigation. Once the issue has been resolved, a decision would then be made whether to reinstate her or not.
In the meantime, the first runner-up of the Miss Tourism Namibia pageant, Asnath Humphries from Keetmanshoop travelled to Venezuela to represent Namibia at the Miss Tourism World 2014 finals