The young woman, Melissa Mapfumio who won a Ford Ranger at the OK Grand Challenge has denied that she has dumped her boyfriend of four years.

“It is all lies, we are getting along well with my boyfriend. I cannot just leave him because I have won this expensive car. I am seriously committed . . . We have come a long way and this is just our blessing from God,” she said.

The boyfriend, Ntando Moyo said he wanted to marry his sweetheart. “I am surprised to hear that there is a rumour that Mellisa and I have broken up; that is the wish of jealous people. We have been seeing each other for four years now, I have been introduced to her relatives and I have also introduced her to my family. We are to engage any time soon,” said Moyo.

Moyo said he would not influence his lover on what to do with the car. “I have to give the chance to her relatives, they are the ones who should help her come up with the best decision. I have not discussed this issue with her … I was invited to her place the day she won that car and we celebrated together.”

Mapfumo said she has not decided what to do with the car.  “I haven’t made a decision yet, my mind is overwhelmed with excitement. The week has been hectic. I have been receiving numerous calls from friends, family members and workmates giving me all sorts of advice.

“I need time to think about this and am praying every day so that God will guide me to make a sound decision.” Mapfumo is doing third-year electrical engineering apprenticeship.

Mapfumo lives with her brothers at the family home in Crowborough North, while her parents have retired to their rural home in Mhondoro.