Despite difficulties in securing funds to sustain the pageant, organizers of Mr Ugly Zimbabwe have insisted that it will be held on November 25.
They say this year is exceptional because a lot of sponsors have come on board and preliminary contests are ongoing in other regions before the main event.
“Mr Ugly pageant is on. The sponsors are there. We have active sponsors, who have come on board … Harare is big and has a lot of people, hence we are having contests in a number of suburbs,” the founder of the pageant, David Machowa told local newspaper News Day.
Mison Sere, the 2015 champion caused a wild uproar after he was crowned for the first time with other participants complaining that he was too handsome for the title.
The contest which gained popularity in 2012 was won on multiple occasions and for the first time that year by William Masvinu, who is a porter and the runner up in last year’s competition.
The 2015 champion Mison Sere won $500 and the runner up took home $100. Both of them have joined the preliminary contest and hope to win this year.