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Lucas Liganga , the Chief Reporter of the Citizen newspaper emerged the overall winner of the Excellence in Journalism Award (EJAT) 2012 during the Gala Night held at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam .Veteran broadcaster, Hamza Kassongo, scooped the Lifetime Achievement Award during the Gala Night held on April 5, 2013.Liganga scooped the overall spot after bagging in awards in two categories – Malaria and Environment for print media and to win the overall sport he beat seven other contenders.For the two categories he was awarded trophies, certificates and a set of one I pad 3 and flat screen television.
The event’s official guest , the Zanzibar Vice President Seif Shariff Hamad representing the Zanzibar President Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, presented Liganga with a a dummy cheque of USD 4,000 provided by the Lead organizer of the competition, Media Council of Tanzania (MCT) as scholarship for the winner to pursue further training in any institution of his choice.
In addition Liganga and a female journalist from Mwananchi newspaper, Florence Majani who was among the eight contenders for the overall spot will be sponsored by the Tanzania Media Fund (TMF) to attend international meeting on investigative journalism to be held in Rio de Jenairo, Brazil.
Majani of Mwananchi newspaper also snatched two awards – Sexual and Reproductive Health for Young People and Science and Technology Reporting category.
For Liganga this is the fourth time he emerges as a winner in EJAT since 2009 when the competition started.
In the first year he won environment award for print media and in 2010 he scooped the malaria and 2011 he won the environment award again and in 2012 he won both environment and malaria awards.
Mr. Hamad also presented a dummy cheque of TZS 10,000,000 to Kasongo as prize for winning the Life Time Achievement category.
Kasongo who runs the popular TV programme “The Hamza Kasongo Hour” on Channel Ten TV, becomes the second person to win the Lifetime Achievement Award since the category was introduced in 2011. The first award was scooped by Veteran editor and trainer Fili Karashani .
Unlike the other categories of EJAT where contestants submit entries, the winner of Lifetime Achievement in Journalism is picked from a list of three names proposed to the competition’s organizing committee by a team of experts - comprising mainly old hands in the profession.
Other winners are as follows: Edward Qorro of the Citizen picked the Economic and Business award for - Print and John Lewanga of TBC 1 for TV.
Lewanga was fortunate as the Executive Director of the CRDB Bank, Charles Kimei, who presented him with a trophy, certificate and I pad three as the other winners, also offered him TZS 1.5 million as motivation to promote economic and business coverage in media.
Abdul Abdalla Mohamed of the African won the Sports and Culture award for print media, Abisae Maeda of Kilimanjaro Film institute for TV and Abdallah Majura of ABM-FM won the award for Radio.
The British High Commission to Tanzania Diana Melrose presented Idd Juma Yusuph from Afya Radio in Mwanza with the Environment Award. Beatrice Shayo of Nipashe won the Health category for print media and for Radio the award went to Gervas Hubile.
HIV/Aids award for print media went to Fredy Azah of Mwananchi and Andrew Kiwanyi of Kilimanjaro Film Institute won for TV.
Shadrack Sagati of Habari Leo newspaper won the Reporting Children category for print media , Daniel Kaminyonge of Kilimanjaro Film Institute won the award for TV and for the Radio the award went to Mwamini Andrew of TBC Taifa.
The Good Governance Award for print media went to Anthony Mayunga of Mwananchi, for TV the award was scooped by Jamaly Hashimu Said of TBC 1 and Noel Thompson of Afya Radio picked the award for Radio.
Husna K. Mohamed of Zanzibar Leo newspaper won the award for reporting gender for print media, while for TV the award went to Bernard Mwaituka of Iringa Municipal TV.
Rolf Kibaja of TBC1 picked the Science and Technology award for TV and for Radio the award went to Abel Onesmo of Clouds Fm.
Reporting Disaster award for radio was won by Noel Thomas of Afya Radio while Polycarp Machira of the Citizen of picked the award for print media.
Reporting Malaria award for TV went to Dotto Mnyadi of TBC1 and for Radio the award to Faraja John Sedegeya of Afya Radio.
Fredy Azah of Mwananchi won the Education award for print media, while Daniel Kaminyonge of Kilimanjaro Film Institute won for TV and for radio the award went to Faraja John Sedegeya of Afya Radio.
Tourism and Conservation for newspapers went to Said Salim Njuki, for TV the winner is Cassius Mdami of Channel Ten and Radio the winner is Alex Magwiza of TBC Taifa.
Reporting people with disability award went to Salome Kitomari of Nipashe , Rose Pallangyo from Kilimanjaro Film Institute for TV and for Radio the award went to Idd Juma yusuph of Afya Radio Mwanza.
A photograph of a group of policemen harassing journalist Daudi Mwangosi shortly before he was killed enabled Joseph Senga of Tanzania Daima to win the best photograher award. Samwel Mwamkinga of the Citizen scooped the Best Cartoonist Award.
- Ubwani of the Citizen emerged winner in the reporting Agriculture category for print media, and Latif Matimbwa of TBC Taifa for Radio.
- and Reproductive Health for Young People award for TV went to Dotto Mnyadi of TBC 1.
Open category for print media was won by Shija Felician of Mwananchi, Hawa Bihonga of Afya radio Mwanza and for TV the Open category award was won by Ramadhan Mhina of Kilimanjaro Film Institute.
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