DAILY REPORTER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF PATRICK MAYOYO WITH THE CERTIFICATE OF THE NORBERT ZONGO INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM AWARD. PHOTO/COURTESY
By KURIAN MUSA
An expose on how World Bank loans were stolen by a rail company in Kenya and Uganda was among stories rewarded during the Norbert Zongo Investigative Journalism awards.
Code named THE LUNATIC EXPRESS FILES, the story revealed how part of $164 million loaned to Rift Valley Railways (RVR) to improve its services by buying new locomotives was used on buying used ones that were modified at a cost of six times the value of purchase.
The story that won the merit award, revealed how development finance institutions supported companies using the world’s most secretive financial centres commonly known as tax havens and did not have proper mechanism in place to monitor loans they advanced to developing countries.
The expose by Daily Reporter, Editor-in-Chief, Patrick Mayoyo, also revealed that developing countries lose billions of dollars every year through tax avoidance and evasion.
The Nobert Zongo Investigative Journalism Prize is an award of excellence to reward the best works of Investigative journalism in Africa.
The prize aims to promote a journalism of investigation and research, on subjects related to political, economic, social and cultural life.
The award is named after Nobert Zongo who was the editor of the weekly newspaper L’Ind’ependant in Burkina Faso who dedicated his professional career to uncovering the truth.
He was assassinated in 1998, at the age of 49, while investigating allegations linking the brother of then Burkina Faso President Blaise Compaor’e, to a high-profile unresolved murder.
The story revealed that most DFIs including the World Bank continue to face major challenges in measuring their overall development impact, and ensuring that the projects they fund do not harm communities in developing countries.
Following the THE LUNATIC EXPRESS FILES revelations, the World Bank slapped sanctions against RVR and the Kenyan government has since cancelled the 25 year old concession contract it had signed with RVR.
Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000228883/how-rvr-bosses-inflated-tender-prices-to-loot-world-bank-loan
The Kenya government in August 2017 cancelled the 25 year concession agreement it had signed with RVR.
Kenya ends Rift Valley Railways contract
Mayoyo is the winner of the 2016 European Commission`s Lorenzo Natali Media Prize.
Hewon the Europe professional category with the story,“How to grow food in a slum: lessons from the sack farmers of Kibera”that was published by The Guardian of UK.
The story reveals how residents ofKibera, in Nairobi, one of Africa’s largest slums in Kenya, have found a new way of responding to the challenge of food insecurity.
An investigation he did on the phenomenon of disappearing glaciers on Africa’s top mountains after he successfully climbed to the peaks of both Mt Kenya in Kenya and Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania won him five awards. See the link :http://tinyurl.com/nwaghu2
The awards include the 2014 CNN African Journalist Awards-Environment category winner, 2014 African Climate Change and Environmental Reporting award online category and overall winner and the 2013 East Africa Community Awards’ Environment Reporting award first runner-up and the 2017 KCK International Award for Excellence in Print Journalism.
An expose he did on how oil exploration firms searching for oil in Kenya did so in total disregard to internationally accepted principles for sustainable development won him the Social and Environmental Responsibility World Journalism Prize in 2007.
He is the 2014-2015 The ACCER Awards Finalists Academy (TAAFA) fellow.
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