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About 20 journalists clinched the Excellence in Journalism Awards Tanzania with others 20 plus trailing as runners up.
Mkinga Mkinga and Lucas Liganga both from the Citizen newspaper scooped the overall winner award.
This is the second time for Liganga to score tops in the competition. He first made it in 2012.
Liganga and Mkinga had won the investigative reporting category in print media beating Thobias Mwanakatwe of Nipashe and Deus Bugaywa of Raia Mwema who trailed as first and second runners up resopectively.
Mkinga also beat Lulu George of Nipashe in the Business and Economy category.
Lucas Liganga was thumbed to runners-up position as Gerald Kitabu of the Guardian on Sunday won the Environment reporting for print media.
Liganga and Mkinga won the investigative reporting category for their stories on the Tegeta Escrow Account which impacted immensely on the society compelling President Dr. Jakaya Kikwete to reshuffle his cabinet after one minister resigned and another was removed.
The Escrow Account saga also resulted in the suspension of a permanent secretary and several officials including high court judges and even members of the clergy were reportedly involved in one way or another.
Two Nipashe journalists Richard Makore and Gwamaka Alipipi emerged winners in two categories each.
Makore won in – Reporting Gender where he was the sole nominee and Education Reporting where he had two runners up Husna Mohamed of Zanzibar Leo and Peti Siyame of Habari Leo.
Alipipi won in the Health and Agriculture reporting categories.
In the Agriculture category he beat Elias Msuya of Mtanzania and Salum Vuai Issa of Zanzibar Leo while in Health category the runners up were Joseph Mwendapole of Nipashe and Clara Matimo of Mtanzania.
Two other Nipashe journalists –Sanula Athanas won sport and culture reporting for print media and Ramadhan Mbwaduke – Good Governace.
The runners up in sports and culture for print were Humphrey Shao of Mtanzania and Baltazar Mashaka of Jambo Leo while runners up in Good Governance category are Victor Bariety of Jamhuri and Edson Kamukara of Tanzania Daima.
The winner in the Sports and Culture category for Radio was Ally Khamis of ABM Radio.
Tumaini Msowoya of Mzalendo clinched the award for reporting Children Category leaving Moshi Lusonzo of Nipashe as runners up.
Khamis Abdallah of Afya Radio won the award for reporting children for Radio and Ramadhan Mziray of Radio Ulanga was runners-up.
Harith Jaha also from Afya Radio clinched award in reporting HVI/AIDS category.
Harieth Makweta of Mwananchi won the reporting Health and Mother and Infant category while Rahma Suleman Ali from Nipashe was runners up.
Hawa Bihoga of DW- Swahili emerged winner in the reporting Health and Mother and Infant category for radio and runners-up were Clara Mkama and Regina Kulindwa of Afya Radio.
The Best Print Media Photographer category was won by Abubakar Akida of Mtanzania with Halima Kambi of The Guadian as a runners-up.
Khamis Suleiman of Channel Ten emerged winner in the Best Television Photographer category and John Chacha of ITV was a runners up.
The editor cum-proprietor of Jamhuri newspaper, Deodatus Balile won in the open category for newspaper with Elias Msuya of Mtanzania as the first and second runners up.
Dotto Bulendu of Radio Satu FM beat Clara Mkama of Afya radio and Faraja Sendegeya of BBC to clinch the Open category for Radio.
Sendegeya emerged winner in the reporting the disabled category.
Tuma Dandi of Mlimani Radio who is a disabled on a wheelchair won the Health Reporting category for Radio beating co-worker Silvano Kayeza and Gerald Malekela of Nuru FM.
Reporting Education category for radio was won by Anneth Emmanuel of TBC Taifa while another TBC presenter Mwamini Andrew won the award for reporting Agriculture category and Clara Mwita of Radio Five was the runners-up.
The overall winners were each presented with trophies, certificated and prizes but they shared the USD 4,000 sponshorship for further training offered by the MCT.
The prizes for the winners in the various categories were HP laptops, trophies and certificates. For those who emerged winners twice were given television sets in addition to trophies and certificates.
As for runners-up they were given certificates and smart phones.
The official guest at the gala night was Vice President Dr. Mohamed Gharib Bilal.
Other speakers at the event were the Executive secretary of the MCT which is the lead partner in the EJAT organizing committee and the lead judge Chrisostom Rweyemamu.
This was the sixth edition of EJAT which started in 2009.
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