William Masvinu, a three-time Zimbabwe’s Mr Ugly pageant winner has lost his title.
Three time winner, Masvinu walked off with a $100 (about N20,000) second prize this year, having lost to 42-year-old Maison Sere, who carted home the $500 (about N100,000) Mr Ugly prize -a large sum considering Zimbabwe’s massive unemployment rate.
Maison Sere, an unemployed man, was crowned Zimbabwe’s ugliest man at a pub pageant in Harare, Zimbabwe’s capital.
Sere, who was missing several teeth and dressed in torn overalls, beat off five other contestants, including Masvinu, to win the competition.
“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 Friday attended by 200 revellers.
But William Masvinu, the former Mr Ugly title holder, cried foul accusing the judges of bias.
“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.
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