EAC JOURNALISTS HONOURED AT SPEKE RESORT MUNYOYO,KAMPALA
EAC and EABC award some of the best reporters on regional integration, at a colourful gala dinner, on Thursday 28th Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Uganda. The event was attended by over 150 guests who came from all over East Africa.
The event was grace by the Rigth Hon Amama Mbabazi the Prime minister of Uganda, Hon Mbabazi thanked the EAC secretariat for introducing the awards, and said that the awards have come at a time when the EAC block is making critical milestones towards integration.
Dr. Richard Sezibera, the Secretary General of the East African Community thanked Mbabazi for his unending spirit about the EAC affairs and also said that “we are very happy with the cooperation we have in the region”
Speaking at the event EABC representative of the Chairperson, Mr. Francis Onapito said that the media needs to slightly do more about their reporting of the EAC issues and also advised that they should come up with a formula that makes their products available across the region.
Mr. Jenerali Ulimwengu who spoke on behalf of the judges said Media plays a great role in sensitizing and creating awareness of the EAC integration and therefore they should continue to inform the East Africans about integration by showing them the benefits of this integration.
A total of 16 journalists were awareded that is seven winners and the rest were all runner ups, for reporting on various aspects of the EAC integration, where Mr. Aby Agina from NTV Kenya emerged the best journalist covering the EAC, taking home the Secretary General’s Award.
Agina’s two-part series story titled the Untold Tales of Truck Drivers that was aired on NTV sought to highlight the plight that truck drivers face across the region.
The feature saw him and cameraman James Opiyo travel on a cargo truck from the port of Mombasa to Kampala to establish the challenges that traders face while ferrying goods across the five EAC member states.
The report brought to light the deeply rooted bureaucracies at border points and rampant corruption. Mr Aby Agina took home a cash prize of $2000 in addition to Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, a plaque and a certificate, presented to him by the Guest of Honor, Ugandan Prime Minister Rt. Hon Amama Mbabazi and the EAC Secretary General Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera. The joyful Aby attributed his success to the Truck drivers along the boarder posts and his Camera man who greatly contributed to his success.
For the rest of the winners in each category received $1000 cash prize, a Samsung Galaxy tab 3, a plaque and certificate each. For their effort, runners in each category garnered a cash prise of $500.
The evening’s other winners included Eric Kabeera from the New Times Rwanda, who clinched the best entry in the Green Award, for the best coverage of environmental issues. He was also the winner of the Political Federation reporting category.
Mr. Zephania Ubwani from the Citizen Tanzania was crowned best in the Education Category while Joshua Masinde from Daily Nation Kenya secured himself the Agriculture and Food Security Reporting Award.
Christabel Ligami from the East African was rewarded for her business and financial reporting, taking home the EABC Chairman’s Award as well as the Health Reporting Award.
Dicta Asiimwe from the East African Uganda came up as first runners up in the Political federation category and Isaac Mwangi from Kenya won second runners in the same category.
Mr Bruno Birakwate a photographer from Rwanda won the EAC-GIZ Photographer’s Inspiration Award, walking away with $500.