Honourable mention – Is this the cabinet you want for Uganda? by Jane Ndibareekera Bukenya, Campus Times
Runner-up – Low costs houses still out of reach as developers cite high costs of inputs by Isaac Khisa, The EastAfrican
**Winner – Hot district that will determine winner of the 2016 presidential elections by John Semakula, New Vision
John Semakula is a senior journalist working with the weekend newspapers at New Vision. He graduated with a degree in journalism of Uganda Christian University, Mukono in 2006. His first job in journalism was as a freelance reporter for Daily Monitor and later for New Vision. In 2010 he became a full-time staff writer for New Vision.
STORY – Hot districts that will determine winner of the 2016 presidential elections
This story interrogated the partial data of the 2014 national census released by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics. It went beyond the numbers to investigate how population distribution could be used to predict the winner of the 2016 presidential election and to trace voting patterns. It was only one of a handful of news reports in 2014 that analysed the census data to understand Uganda’s current political climate and future voting trends.