William Masvinu, a three time Mr Ugly title holder in Zimbabwe, has been dethroned.
Masvinu quest for a fourth consecutive title suffered a major setback after he was defeated by 42-year-old Maison Sere at the pub pageant organized in Harare.
Maison Sere, who was missing several teeth and dressed in torn overalls, beat off five other contestants (including Masvinu) to emerge winner of the competition.
Maison Sere, reigning Mr Ugly champion
Sere walked away with $500 (about N100, 000) cash prize as the winner, which amounts to quite a large sum in a country facing massive unemployment.
Sere told newsmen: “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.”
However, despite a second place finish, William Masvinu, who walked off with a $100 (about N20,000), cried foul.
William Masvinu, former champion
He said: “The judges were not fair, the organisers must look for new judges to start the contest afresh. I did not lose today.”
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.
The organisers of the event also plan to launch a female version of the competition and expand it to other African countries.
In 2012 when Mr Masvinu won the ‘beauty pageant’, there were only five participants. He won $100 dollars and a voucher for a night’s stay at a hotel, which he changed for food. Masvinu hoped that the victory would bring him advertising contracts but his expectations didn’t meet reality.