Harare : Maison Sere, a 42-year-old unemployed man missing several teeth, was crowned Zimbabwe’s ugliest man at a pub pageant in Harare.
Mr Sere wearing torn dress overalls ,beat off 5 other contestants for the $500 Mr Ugly prize -a large sum in a country facing massive unemployment.
“I want to thank God for winning this title, last time I came fourth. I just want to thank the judges for recognising me as the winner,” Mr Sere told reporters after winning the contest on Friday.
But the contest turned ugly when the runner-up William Masvinu, a three-time Mr Ugly winner accused judges of bias. He had to walked off with a $100 second prize this year.
“The judges were not fair, the organisers must look for new judges to start the contest a fresh. I did not lose today,” Mr Masvinu said.
The organiser Mr David Machowa said that he created the pageant in 2012 to celebrate “beauty in ugliness” . “The last night show was also successful and I still have plans to host Mr Ugly world,” he said.