Zimbabwe searching for its ugliest man after a year’s hiatus

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Zimbabwe is searching for its ugliest man after a year’s break due to lack of funding to organise the annual Mr Ugly contest.

The 2017 contest will see 13 participants display their ugliness for the crown on November 25, and an opportunity to represent the country in the maiden Mr Ugly Africa contest to be held next year in South Africa.

The organiser, David Machowa, told local media that the contest which started in 2011 will look out for appearance, confidence, zeal and character to avoid problems faced in the past.

Mr Ugly Zimbabwe was embroiled in controversy in 2015 when the champion Mison Sere was accused of faking his ugliness.

Misón Sere gana concurso el más feo del mundo https://t.co/jj4dhLMJnz pic.twitter.com/taDMYAKMOC— Curioso Digital (@Curioso_Digital) November 23, 2015

The runner up and three-time former champion William Masvinu said he was cheated because Sere was not naturally ugly, and too handsome for the title.

#Kenya #KOT There is no such thing as an ugly, … -Mison Sere (l) smiles after winning… https://t.co/GpFwChuIGQ pic.twitter.com/I8pSRXX7Mk— Kenya News (@kenyanewsorg) November 30, 2015

Sere won $500 and Masvinu took home $100 that year.

They both registered to participate in the 2016 contest which was later called off.

Some photos of #Zimbabwe’s newly crowned “Mr Ugly”, Mison Sere – who walked away with $500 (£330).via #bbcafricalive pic.twitter.com/k2CP5Toz1R— Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) November 23, 2015