The 1st of October marked exactly two years since I joined the amazing family at NTV- Uganda.
My core role at the station has been delivering quality investigations and special features that give context to the news. It is a duty I have executed with strength, agility and have potent results to show.
My first investigative undertaking with NTV was the story of the Pine Car bond where torture had occasionally been alleged and extortion peaked high.
Our execution of that story through the eyes of the victim’s family not only secured justice for them but also brought prosecution on the offenders and accomplices who included a top-ranking police officer then heading Central Police Station.
From there on, it has been the hard work and intellectual rigor of informing the public be it from Kasese clashes, to South Sudan, to the hunger that devastated the country for the opening half of the year.
On some occasions, like the elections, we have not delivered to the best of our potential particularly on the concerns of it’s rigging and events following it.
Investigative journalism is not a mere side-piece to the news, it is a core part of the news. It should sit at the heart of each and every journalist, we should seek and pursue truth to it’s logical and believable end.
It is this duty, the demand of hard work that I choose to set my eyes on every day.
The traditional media’s quest to respond to the waning influence it has on the consumption of information must also include asking the tough and soul searching question of it’s investment in finding information the public needs and the institutions created to sustain truth-telling.
I am leaving NTV proud of the work we have accomplished as a team in finding the truth. I hold my head high for the opportunity we have had to express the voice of the voiceless, to use our stories in the search for justice and for the balance and editorial fairness we have accorded everyone, the very basic of journalism.
I will, in the coming week join a new team principally to build the institution of investigative story telling and find more attractive ways of telling stories to younger and determining audiences – to create the blue ocean of media consumption.
Good bye my family at NTV. I wish nothing but the best for the team.