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    Monday, 28 October 2019

    The Mirror does it again……


    MASVINGO – Courageous Midlands Bureau Chief and Mirror Assistant Editor, Elizabeth Mashiri flew the regional newspaper’s flag high when she was adjudged the country’s best reporter on gender-based violence issues in 2019.
    Mashiri was among the 22 journalists who were acknowledged at the flamboyant 2019 National Journalistic and Media Awards (NJAMA) held at The Venue in Avondale, Harare on Thursday night.
    The event is organized by the Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ) and the prize was sponsored by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
    The prize comes as an icing on the cake for Mashiri who on August 12 this year wedded her childhood sweetheart and former classmate Nomore Tinovanga Museza. The husband received the prize on behalf of Mashiri who could not attend the event as she is now expecting.
    This is the third time in two years that The Mirror has received the accolade after Two Nations Editor and Mashiri’s deputy, Ellen Mlambo won The Business Reporter of the Year Award in 2018. The Mirror had a double last year with its former Shurugwi correspondent Tinashe Tirivavi also winning the Sports Reporter of the Year Award.
     The judges’ citation praised Mashiri’s stories for exposing alleged sex scandals that rocked, Intertoll, a South African road construction company that refurbished the Mutare – Plumtree High Way. Some of the company’s senior managers were caught offside as they were accused of abusing their subordinates by either raping or giving favours in return for sex.
    Mashiri pursued the story with the company’s head office in South Africa until the suspected manager was suspended. She also wrote detailed eposes on the murder of Gweru lawyer by her boyfriend who worked for the Airforce of Zimbabwe.
    The soldier has since been convicted by the High court in Bulawayo.
     “The Gender Based Violence (GBV) narrative is usually a tale of horror. Most of the stories are captured from the courts by our alert reporters. However, in a few cases journalists break a GBV story and follow it up through until appropriate action is taken. Entry code 61 did exactly that: exposed a GBV scandal in a government institution and followed it up until action is taken on the offending official,” reads the citation for the awards.
    “I am elated to have won this award. It is a year that I worked so hard and have been tormented for exposing not just GBV but corrupt land scams that have rocked Gweru and other Midlands towns.
    “I have been called names by fellow colleagues whose hands have been greased by corrupt land barons and the award is the work of the hand of God,” said Mashiri who received numerous threats against her life this year.
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