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ACME awards oil and gas reporters

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Minister of Finance, Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, presents Patience Atuhaire with a prize for her broadcast report.

The African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME) has awarded three Uganda journalists and recognised two others for their reporting on the oil and gas industry.

Patience Atuhaire from the Uganda Radio Network carried the broadcast category prize for her piece Will Ugandan technicians get oil jobs?, while the New Vision’s Gerald Tenywa won the print category for his article How prepared is NEMA for oil waste?

The Monitor’s Isaac Imaka was the overall runner-up.

The winners received a cheque for US$ 1,500 while the runner-up received US$500.

Honorary mentions were accorded to The Independent’s Haggai Matsiko for his article on Secret Oil Deals and to Mark Muhumuza for his  piece,  Does Uganda really need to invest in a refinery?, which appeared in CEO Magazine.

Submissions from fifteen entrants were scored for originality, sourcing, relevance, depth and clarity.

Guest of honour was Hon. Maria Kiwanuka, the Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development and also the proprietor of the English language broadcaster, Radio One and its Luganda language sister, Akaboozi ku Biiri.

In a keynote address she discussed the Public Finance Bill currently before parliament.

This is the second time ACME has awarded journalists, as part of a project funded by the Revenue Watch Institute aimed at strengthening media oversight of the extractive sector in Uganda. The Institute plans to broaden the categories beyond the oil and gas sector next year.

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