HARARE – A 42-year-old unemployed man was crowned Zimbabwe’s ugliest man at a pub pageant in Harare – but the contest turned ugly when the runner-up accused judges of bias.
Maison Sere, who was missing several teeth and dressed in torn overalls, beat off five other contestants for the $500 (R6,980) 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,” Sere told journalists during a night of festivities on Friday attended by 200 revellers.
But William Masvinu, a three-time Mr Ugly winner who walked off with a $100 second prize this year, cried foul.
“The judges were not fair. The organisers must look for new judges to start the contest afresh. I did not lose today,” Masvinu said.
Show organiser David Machowa said he created the pageant in 2012 to celebrate “beauty in ugliness”.
“The show last night was very successful, and I still have plans to host Mr Ugly world,” he said.