Bronnie Divine Kusiima, 18, was yesterday evening crowned Miss MTN Pulse 2019 during a press conference held at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala.
Kusiima, who is currently pursuing a nursing degree amassed the highest number of votes, making her Miss popularity, a title that was renamed to ‘Miss MTN Pulse’ courtesy of MTN Uganda, the main sponsor of this year’s Miss Uganda pageant.
In addition to the crown, Kusiima also won UGX. 2 million, a brand new S10 smartphone loaded with 4,500 voice minutes and 30GB data every month for one year including a one-year brand ambassador contract with MTN Pulse.
According to the organizers of the Miss Uganda 2019, there was an error in the tabulation of the results of Miss Pulse/Popularity category that saw Santina Anshemeza awarded the title of Miss Pulse but there was a communication acknowledging the mistake.
The error emerged from a mix up in the compilation of the votes from the two voting platforms; the Miss Uganda app and the MTN Pulse Microsite.
Following a review of the two platforms whose votes were to be tallied in order to determine the winner, Kusiima had a total of 15,971 while Anshemeza had a total of 4,534 though during the announcing, only the Miss Uganda App results were unintentionally considered, thereby making Santina Anshemeza the winner.
While speaking at the press conference that also doubled as a crowning ceremony, Brenda Nanyonjo, the Miss Uganda CEO apologized to the general public following errors encountered in the tabulation of Miss Pulse results.
“According to the summation of both the app and website votes, Bronnie Devine Kusiima is the Miss Pulse Winner. We highly regret the inconvenience caused by Friday’s erroneous announcement.” Nanyonjo said.
“The Miss Uganda Organisation would like to apologise to MTN Uganda, the main sponsor, the contestants, and the fans who voted in big numbers. We also take the opportunity to thank everyone for the continued support in making this year’s pageant the biggest and most successful in the history of pageants in Uganda.” She added.
The Miss Uganda 2019/2020 winner, Oliver Nakakande and the first runner up, Elizabeth Bagaya also won the 4,500 voice minutes and 30GB data every month for one-year courtesy of MTN Uganda.