By JOHN AGABA
Four New Vision journalists have won the prestigious United Nations awards on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) coverage.
At a function held at the Golf Course Hotel in Kampala, New Vision’s Chris Kiwawulo, Fredrick Mugira, Stephen Ssenkaaba and Gerald Tenywa, scooped the UN awards for telling stories portraying Uganda's and the Post 2015 international development agenda.
The story explores the sanitation challenges that Ugandans are confronted with. It underscores the need for more attention on safe disposal of human waste, including health education and sensitisation, enactment of bylaws, improved sanitation facilities and creative use of human excreta as fertiliser.
Tenywa was runners up in the same category, with his, Uganda: 2015 and Beyond,
also published on the New Vision website on Saturday August 31, 2013.
Based on his work, the judges noted, “The journalist exhibited good knowledge about the ongoing discussions, at the global level, around the sustainable development goals. The story clearly showed the gap in human development between developed countries and their developing counterparts.”
Fredrick Mugira was winners overall in the radio category with his entry, Saving Wood and Wood Collectors, aired on Radio West. The story highlights the challenges from environmental degradation through deforestation.
Ssenkaaba was first runners up in the print category with, Sweet, Sour Tale of the Elderly Fund, publidhed in the New Vision on Friday May 17, 2013. The story was commended for having explored the different layers and complexities of poverty in Uganda.
“It successfully communicated the plight of the elderly in our society, to whom sh25,000 a month makes a big difference to their ability to survive.”
Edward Ssekika from The Observer was the winners overall in the print category while Francis Mugerwa of the Daily Monitor was second runner-up in the same category.
Other winners included Michael Wambi and Patience Atuhaire from the Uganda Radio Network, who came first and second runners-up respectively in the radio category.