By Spy Uganda
Kampala: Senior investigative journalist and news anchor Solomon Serwanjja is set to leave Next Media Services at the end of the month.
Serwanjja joined Next Media Services in 2015 and has since then served in different capacities on Next Media’s premier brand, NBS Television as a prime news anchor, investigative journalist and show host.
The 2019 BBC Komlar Dumor award winner confirmed the news of his exit on Tuesday morning saying July 31, will be his last day at NBS TV, disappointing many of his fans.
Sserwanja, the founder and Executive Director at the African Institute of Investigative Journalism (AfricanIIJ) says he will now focus on his new role at the organization to bolster its operations and see more journalists in the mainstream media sharpened with investigative skills.
On 31st July, I will be leaving @nbstv. It has been such an honor to serve for the last 6 years. Thank you @KKariisa and the entire @nextmediaug family for the support. I will now focus on my new role as the Executive Director @AfricanIIJ, the home of investigative journalism, Serwanjja Tweeted.
After winning the 2019 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award for his investigative story on the illegal sale of government drugs, Serwanjja was ushered in as a producer at the BBC Focus on Africa news program. Following his stay at BBC, it’s reported that he received massive offers but Next Media Services CEO, Kin Kariisa convinced him to stay at NBS TV with a better offer.
Meanwhile, the Next media boss Kin Kariisa has applauded Solomon for hardworking and leaving a lasting landmark at Next media.
Thank you, Solo, for the great work that leaves a lasting mark on all of us at @nextmediaug. After seeing your work here, I have no doubt whatsoever that you will do great things as ED at @AfricanIIJ, and we look forward to great partnerships ahead. Farewell. #NextMediaUG .Kariisa wrote on Twitter.
About Solomon Serwanjja
Serwanjja joined NBS Television in 2015, crossing over from NTV Uganda where he was a senior reporter, news anchor, and investigative journalist.
He is the Executive Director of the African Institute for Investigative Journalism. He is also a celebrated broadcast investigative journalist with 12 years of experience.
Serwanjja has worked in several newsrooms including NBS, NTV, KTN, UBC as an Investigative Journalist reporting groundbreaking investigations that have contributed to public discourse and social change. He is the winner of the 2019 BBC Komlar Dumor award, a prestigious award given to an outstanding journalist on the African continent.
Serwanjja recently graduated with a degree of Master of Arts in Journalism and Communication from Makerere University.