Zim­pa­pers Cor­re­spon­dent wins Nac award

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ZIM­PA­PERS Cor­re­spon­dent for Masvingo Bu­reau, Wal­ter Mswazie, won the first prize in the 2018 pro­vin­cial Na­tional Aids Coun­cil Me­dia Merit Award on HIV and Aids Re­port­ing.

Mswazie walked away with a float­ing tro­phy, a cer­tifi­cate and cash prize.

Masvingo Pro­vin­cial Star re­porter, Sharon Chi­menya and ZBC’s Josephine Mugiyo were first and sec­ond run­ners-up re­spec­tively.

Speak­ing ear­lier be­fore pre­sent­ing the awards at a lo­cal ho­tel last week, Masvingo Min­is­ter of State for Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs, Ezra Chadza­mira chal­lenged the me­dia to keep the pub­lic abreast with cor­rect in­for­ma­tion on HIV and Aids in the province, so as to re­duce the preva­lence rate.

“I am happy with the way that the me­dia is re­port­ing on is­sues of HIV and Aids. Through dis­sem­i­nat­ing ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion on HIV and Aids, the me­dia is con­tribut­ing to the Gov­ern­ment ef­forts of achiev­ing a mid­dle in­come econ­omy by 2030,” said Min­is­ter Chadza­mira.

He also called on the me­dia to play a piv­otal role in sup­port­ing the con­cept of de­vo­lu­tion meant to de­velop the equitable shar­ing of re­sources found in the province.

“I there­fore call upon the me­dia to be part of the de­vo­lu­tion nar­ra­tive through re­port­ing ob­jec­tively about our province. The me­dia should mar­ket our province so that we can at­tract the much needed for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment. We want to work as a team with those win­ners of these awards so that we can make Masvingo great,” he said.

Speak­ing at the same oc­ca­sion, Nac pro­vin­cial man­ager Mr Edgar Muzulu praised jour­nal­ists for re­port­ing on HIV and Aids matters but also chal­lenged them to re­port on cancer, which his or­gan­i­sa­tion was also re­spond­ing to.

“As Nac, we want to thank the jour­nal­ists in Masvingo for be­ing able to cover HIV and Aids is­sues. This is our maiden merit award pro­gramme and I hope next year it would be big­ger and bet­ter,” said Mr Muzulu.

“Our preva­lent rate here in Masvingo stands at 12 per­cent where as our na­tional rate stands at 13,7 per­cent. We are more con­cerned about be­havioural change and preven­tion of new in­fec­tions. We ex­pect our me­dia to play a lead­ing role in shap­ing peo­ple’s sex­ual be­hav­iour in light of the dis­ease,” he said.

Wal­ter Mswazie

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