Ugandan journalists outshone their counterparts at the Nile Basin Media awards at the Kigali Convention Centre on Monday evening. Michael Wambi of Uganda Radio Network-URN took the best award in the Radio category, Simon Mugisha from the government owned Uganda Broadcasting Corporation took the best award in then Television category while Fredrick Musisi from Daily Monitor won the Print Media award.
The three Ugandan journalists were recognized alongside their colleagues from other Nile Basin member states including, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Sudan, Egypt, DRC, South Sudan, Burundi and Kenya for the best media coverage and programs on River Nile.
“The journalists were recognized for highlighting the challenges and achievements of the Nile Basin Initiative since its formation almost 20 years ago,” read a statement from Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry. The media awards ceremony was preceded by the official opening ceremony of the 5th Nile Basin Development Forum by Dr. Vincent Biruta, Rwanda’s Natural Resources Minister.
The 5th Nile Basin Development Forum is being under the theme ‘Investing in Nile Cooperation for a Water Secure Future.’ Each of the member states is experiencing various development challenges including economic growth and a rapidly expanding population leading to increasing demand for food, energy and water.
“Thus, each Nile Basin state regards development of the finite shared River Nile as key to meet the growing needs highlighted above by developing infrastructure projects along the Nile, notably; dams for hydropower generation, irrigation networks, pipelines for agricultural production, and productivity as well as for ecosystem services,” reads the statement.
As the Nile waters become scarce due to increased demand, there are fears of transboundary water conflicts. “Fortunately, all the Nile Basin states appreciate that cooperation on the Nile is not a choice but a must to mitigate future water scarcity.”