LILONGWE (Malawi NewsNow)-Free Expression Institute (FEI), an organisation that raises awareness on the right to freedom of expression in the country, has honoured departed journalist Raphael Tenthani and former mayor of Zomba City Council Joana Ntaja by naming some awards after them.
FEI awarded some individuals who contributed to the country’s promotion freedom of express of rights and women participation in politics, the event which took place on Monday, July 20, 2015 in the capital Lilongwe.
There were five wards for 2015 namely Raphael Tenthani, Joana Ntanja, Newsmakers, moving time and whistle blower awards such that each category ward five individuals were nominated for them to compete with final selection from judges which included Malawi Human Right Commission (MHRC) and Malawi’s Media Houses.
In this year’s Raphael Tenthani awards has gone to DD Phiri, a historian and Nation Publication Newspaper (NPL)’s columnist, Edger Makwenda scooped the Joana Ntanja award for writing outstanding essay on how young women can contribute perfectly in politic after beating 247 entries. The winner got MK200, 000 cash.
Mlenga Mvula, Judiciary Spokesperson won Newspaper Awards for ably provided public information to the local press.
‘Moving Time’ awards went to Juliana Linguzi, Dedza East Member of Parliament for using productively social media in communicating with constituents while Zodiak Broadcasting station (ZBS) scooped the Whistle blower award for Ntcheu story in which a conduct of a certain individual who was keeping young girl for prostitute which led government intervening by closing the brothel where the practice was happening.
FEI national coordinator Peter Jegwa Kumwenda said the decided to name two of the awards after the individuals in recognition of the roles they played in relation to promotion of freedom of expression as a right and motivating young people to participate in the promotion of democracy.
Tenthani, who died in a car crash on May 16 this year, worked as a journalist for various local and international news organisations, including British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Associated Press, Pana and locally for Nyasa Times, Maravi Post and Times Group.
Ntaja, on the other hand, was the first female mayor of Zomba City Council and the youngest at 31. She died in March this year.