Honourable mention – Deadly sport by Ronald Musoke, The Independent
Runner-up – Why this season’s FUBA league is being played outside of NCS Lugogo arena by Andrew Mwanguhya, Daily Monitor
**Winner – Investigating the impact of sports betting on Arua residents by Hafiz Bakhit, Radio Pacis
Hafiz is a graduate of social sciences from Makerere University. He joined the journalism profession in 2007 through a mentoring programme organised by Radio Pacis, the most influential radio station in the West Nile. In 2008 Hafiz was selected among the few successful trainees and given contract as reporter and newscaster. The same year he was assigned an additional responsibility of News Editor.
Hafiz was among the finalists of the first Uganda National Journalism Awards in the environmental reporting category and he is a fellow of the African Centre for Media Excellence Enhanced Media Reporting on Transparency and Accountability programme.
His winning story is about the impact of betting on sports with focus on local sports in Uganda. It highlighted the challenges around rise and management of sports betting and subsequent dwindling interest in local sports.