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Kibanda winner of Daudi Mwangosi Heroic Journalism and Servanthood Exellence Award for 2013.

Tuzo 1The late Daudi Mwangosi, former Chairpeson of Iringa Press Club, also correspondent of Channel 10 Televishion Station, who met his horrible death at the hands of the police force on 2nd September, 2012, was once again honoured accordingly this year.

     As a result of UTPC Board of Directors’ resolution, this year’s Members General Meeting, held in Mwanza, was characterized by an historic occasion in which a Heroic Journalism and Servanthood Exellence Award was presented to its rightful winner.

Introducing the entire process of selecting a rightful winner of the Award for 2013 to the attentive audience which crammed the conference hall, on behalf of his fellow members of a panel of Judges, Mr Hamza Kasongo, who is also a renowned veteran presenter, clarified that the winner had met all set criteria for winning the Award, after a thorough scrutiny.

Other members of the aforesaid panel of Judges entrusted with that task include Mr Nkwabi Ng’wanakilala, Ms Leila Sheikh, Ms Rosemary Mwakitwange and Dr Ayoub Rioba.

Speaking to over 60 practitioners drawn from all over United Republic of Tanzania, Swedish Embassy officials, representatives from media organizations including MCT, Managing Editors and clerics who were in attendance, Mr. Kasongo hinted that the entire process of selecting a winner of the Award wasn’t all that simple.

In a nut shell, he mentioned a basis of the panel of judges’ decision to reach a logical and authentic decision as:-

Daud Mwangosi’s integrity:  According to the judges, the late Daudi

Mwangosi has been greatly honoured already by having in place an Award to be called by his name. Obviously, he will be commemorated annually, whenever the Award is presented to an eligible person, a thing to be proud of.

Background of the Award: In addition, Mr. Kasongo said, the Award is a direct result of Daudi Mwangosi’s brutal killing by the police force on the fateful 2nd September, 2012.  Due to this plain truth, the winner must be a person who truly had undergone an untold ordeal, shortly after Mwangosi’s sudden, tragic demise.

That said, Mr. Kasongo called upon fellow judge, Ms Leila Sheikh so she   pronounces officially a rightful winner of the Award for year 2013 who is none other than Mr Absalom Kibanda, Managing Edtitor of Habari Corporation and Edtitors’ Forum of Tanzania Chairperson.

This is the first that Heroic Journalism and Servanthood Exellence Award, launched by UTPC, has been presented to a journalist practitioner in the history of both the media industry in particular and Tanzania at large.

In the presence of the late Mwangosi’s wife, Ms Itika Reuben Mwakapeja, who had travelled all the way from Mbeya to attend the historic event, Mr Kibanda, accompanied by his wife, Mrs Angela Semaya Kibanda, just couldn’t help but just found himself in a helplessly, overwhelming sense of loss so that the Award completely dumbfounded him and subsequently led him to endless tears!

Kibanda’s exceptionally emotional, bitter feelings have, indeed, had an effect on the over 100 witnesses, some of whom were seen vividly moved, with their eyes filled with tears among womenfolk and menfolk alike.

Delivering a long speech on his own predicament, punctuated by sobbing and bursts of tears, Mr Kibanda said he was equally terribly shocked by the late Mwangosi’s tragedy, thus putting the practitioners at cross roads.

However, he encouraged his colleagues in the media industry to forge ahead saying attacks, tortures and all sorts of sufferings should serve as catalyst for an enhanced press freedom and development for next generation.

He said he personally believes very strongly that he was assaulted simply because of his writings’ objectivity and unwavering stance. He did not get into details. 

Guest of honour who is also Mwananchi Communications Ltd’s Managing Director, Mr. Tido Mhando acknowledged that he was extremely amazed how the occasion was well organized, something he never thought of when he got an invitation letter.

Looking conspicuously jovial, Mr. Mhando, having seen such a huge gathering of dignitaries, clerics, journalists and media stakeholders, said the event, indeed, bears clear testimony to the success of the media industry and solidarity that exists amongst the practitioners.

On predicaments befalling journalism practitioners this time around, the Managing Director, himself a renowned, retired national and international presenter, described them as mere attempts by some anti-democracy elements to suppress the power of the media.

He called upon fellow practitioners not to allow hindrances to press freedom and freedom of expression to deter them from fulfilling their noble journalist obligations saying they have no other alternative but continue standing together even in times of difficulties and sufferings for their own good and that of an entire society.

However, he reminded the practitioners on the crucially importance of overcoming various types of ethical dilemma and controversies that they encounter in their journalism practice.

Officially closing the event, an Executive Director of Tanzania Media Fund (TMF), Mr Ernest Sungura gave his fellow journalists heart saying they should never ever allow other people to molest, harass, torture or even beat them up for any reason(s).

He stressed that the journalists, in their capacity as mass communicators, can’t talk of press freedom and freedom of expression when they are being assaulted wantonly like what is happening now.

A winner of Dau...
A winner of Daudi Mwangosi Heroic Journalism & Servanthood Excellence Award for 2013, Mr Absalom Kibanda receiving it from Mwananchi Communications Ltd Managing Director, Mr. Tido Mhando. Looking on is Kibanda’s wife, Angela Semaya A winner of Daudi Mwangosi Heroic Journalism & Servanthood Excellence Award for 2013, Mr Absalom Kibanda receiving it from Mwananchi Communications Ltd Managing Director, Mr. Tido Mhando. Looking on is Kibanda’s wife, Angela Semaya
Guest of Honor ...
Guest of Honor Mr. Tido Mhando (seated centre) posing for a group picture with panel of judges and members of UTPC Board of Directors. Guest of Honor Mr. Tido Mhando (seated centre) posing for a group picture with panel of judges and members of UTPC Board of Directors.
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