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Monday, 23rd October 2017
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Ugandan journalists outshone their counterparts at the Nile Basin Media awards yesterday at the Kigali Convention Centre. Mike Wambi of Uganda Radio Network (URN) won the best award in the Radio Category, Simon Mugisha of UBC took the Best award in Television category and Fredrick Musisi of Daily Monitor won the Print Media award. The trio was recognized alongside their colleagues from other Nile Basin member states including, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, The Sudan, Egypt, DRC, South Sudan, Burundi and Kenya for the best media coverage and programs on River Nile. The journalists were recognized for highlighting the challenges and achievements of the Nile Basin Initiative since its formation almost 20 years ago.

The media award ceremony was preceded by the official opening ceremony of the 5th Nile Basin Development Forum by Hon. Dr. Vincent Biruta, Minister of Natural resources of the Republic of Rwanda at Kigali Convention Centre.

Currently, all the eleven (11) member states of the Nile Basin countries are in Rwanda attending a 3 day Nile Basin Development Forum conference under the theme ‘Investing in Nile Cooperation for a Water Secure Future.’ It is reported that all the eleven (11) Nile Basin countries are each experiencing various development challenges including economic growth and a rapidly expanding population leading to increasing demand for food, energy and water.

Thus, each Nile Basin state regards development of the finite shared River Nile as key to meet the growing needs highlighted above by developing infrastructure projects along the Nile, notably; dams for hydro power generation, irrigation networks, pipelines for agricultural production, and productivity as well as for ecosystem services.

As the waters become scarce in relation to demand, there are fears of trans boundary waters becoming a source of conflict hence constraining growth. Fortunately, all the Nile Basin states appreciate that cooperation on the Nile is not a choice but a must to mitigate future water scarcity.