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 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.