Jour­nal­ists shine at Njama

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JOUR­NAL­ISTS from The Chron­i­cle con­tinue to fly the Zim­pa­pers flag high as two of them scooped awards at the Na­tional Jour­nal­ism and Me­dia Awards (Njama) in Harare on Thurs­day night.

Se­nior Fea­tures Re­porter Yoliswa Dube and peren­nial win­ner Than­deka Moyo were the only fe­male jour­nal­ists to get awards at the event.

Dube re­ceived the Nutri­tion, Health and Well­ness Jour­nal­ist of the Year Award spon­sored by Nes­tle Zim­babwe and walked away with a cash prize, a Nes­tle ham­per and a cer­tifi­cate.

Moyo got the gong for Ma­ter­nal Health Re­porter of the year spon­sored by UNFPA, pock­et­ing a cash prize and a cer­tifi­cate.

She got her award in ab­sen­tia as she is out of the coun­try.

The Zim­babwe Union of Jour­nal­ists (ZUJ) took the op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness about baby Man­qoba Mab­hena who needs a new liver in In­dia at a cost of about $43 000.

Cor­po­rates im­me­di­ately re­sponded to the plea for help with NetOne pledg­ing $5 000.

Speak­ing dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony, Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa said jour­nal­ists were an im­por­tant cog in the coun­try’s econ­omy.

De­scrib­ing the jour­nal­ism fra­ter­nity as the Fourth Es­tate, VP Mnan­gagwa said jour­nal­ists were key in boost­ing in­vestor con­fi­dence in Zim­babwe.

While their role should be im­par­tial, said VP Mnan­gagwa, jour­nal­ists play a crit­i­cal role to­wards en­sur­ing the coun­try de­vel­ops.

Turn­ing to skir­mishes be­tween po­lice and jour­nal­ists where me­dia pro­fes­sion­als are some­times as­saulted or have their equip­ment con­fis­cated, VP Mnan­gagwa said the ac­tions by po­lice are not sanc­tioned by the Gov­ern­ment.

“Gov­ern­ment does not con­done vi­o­lence and I can as­sure you, the ha­rass­ment of jour­nal­ists is not sanc­tioned by the Gov­ern­ment. There is Press free­dom in Zim­babwe and jour­nal­ists should be al­lowed to dis­charge their du­ties freely,” said VP Mnan­gagwa.

Among those who at­tended the event were the Min­is­ter of Me­dia, In­for­ma­tion and Broad­cast­ing Ser­vices, Dr Chris Mushohwe, Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary Mr Ge­orge Charamba, diplo­mats, busi­ness­peo­ple and jour­nal­ists.

Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa presents the Njama award to Se­nior Fea­tures Re­porter Yoliswa Dube while Ms Doreen Chari, Nes­tle Zim­babwe pub­lic re­la­tions man­ager, looks in Harare on Thurs­day night

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