Congo Siasa

In the Congo, even beauty can be bought

Sad but true: Miss Vodacom Congo, who was just named several weeks ago, had to give up her crown due to fraud. Vodacom – one of the largest phone companies in the country – announced two days ago that of the 4 million votes cast by SMS, 1,5 million were fraudulent, a racket that involved Vodacom employees and outsiders.

Lauriane Odio of Kinshasa had to make way for Olga Yumba of Lubumbashi. Strangely for beauty queen, you can’t find many pictures of them on the internet (my search was, of course, purely academically-minded).