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HARARE (Web Desk) – A 42-year-old unemployed man was crowned Zimbabwe’s ugliest man at a ‘beauty pageant’ earlier this week.


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However, the contest turned real ugly when the runner-up accused judges of bias, Emirates247 reported.

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.

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“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 attended by 200 revelers.

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But William Masvinu, a three-time Mr Ugly winner who walked off with a $100 second prize this year, cried foul.

Contestants  stand on stage, during  the 2015 edition of the Mr Ugly competition, in Harare, Saturday, Nov. 21.2015.  The competition was won by Maison Sere who controversially dethroned  former Mr Ugly William Masvinu to scoop the top prize of $500  in a contest marked by allegations of cheating. Masvinu has had  it relatively easy over the past 3 years when the contest struggled to draw more than 10 contestants. This year's competition attracted  35 contestants with organisers saying they were looking for  people with natural ugliness. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

“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”.

This year’s competition attracted a record number of 36 entries, compared to just five in 2012 when Masvinu began his winning streak. The competition was suspended in 2014 due to a lack of sponsorship, but this year the owners of a string of Harare nightclubs donated $1,000.