Honourable mention – Plastic daylight by Florence Naluyimba, NTV Uganda
Runner-up – Sh3b ivory goes missing at UWA by Gerald Tenywa, New Vision
**Winner – NEMA’s latest mess by Ronald Musoke, The Independent
Ronald Musoke is a 33-year-old Ugandan journalist who has covered environment, health, business, oil and gas, politics and sports for the past seven years. Over the past two years he has worked for The Independent magazine, a politics and business-oriented publication.
Prior to writing this story, several media houses in Kampala had covered the destruction of a strategically located wetland near Kampala city with little success of eliciting a response from the government and other agencies mandated with securing the environment. This story does not only concentrate on the few acres of the wetland left, it tries to go beyond the obvious and attempts to show its significance to the local ecology and its implications for the wider geography of the area, including Kampala city’s water sector and to a smaller extent the transport sector with a little focus on Jinja Road, the gateway to Kenya.