ZIMBABWE Independent journalist Clemence Manyukwe has won the 2006 Parliamentary Reporter of the Year award for the second year running and another prize in the features writing category.
The two awards, which carry monetary values of $62 000 and $24 000 respectively and a shield, are granted annually by the parliament of Zimbabwe in conjunction with one of its technical partners, the State University of New York.
The awards ceremony was held at a local hotel on Wednesday night and among dignitaries were the Speaker of the House of Assembly John Nkomo, Clerk of Parliament Austin Zvoma and State University of New York chief of party John Makamure.
Last year Manyukwe was the joint winner of the overall award with the Sunday Mail’s Morris Mkwate.
This year Mkwate won an award in the news category for his entry titled “New Education Bill to keep in check fees increments” while Newsnet’s Spren Mutiwi, who did not face competition in the electronic section due to the government’s refusal to open the airwaves, was awarded after the “judges agreed that for the sterling work and coverage of parliament the sole entrant should be recognised”.
Manyukwe’s winning entry for the features section was titled “Ministers dodge questions in parliament”. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Nkomo said it was important for the media to cover parliamentary proceedings as the legislative body provides the formal legitimacy for all government policies. -— Staff Writer.