political editor, Daily and Sunday Monitor, Kampala, Uganda
Mwenda was born in Fort Portal, Uganda and earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication with a major in print journalism from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and studied at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. He began his journalism career at Monitor Publications Limited, first as a reporter in 1996, then a senior reporter, assistant editor for investigations. From 2002 to 2004, Mwenda was general manager of KFM radio. Since 2004, Mwenda has been political editor for the Daily Monitor newspaper, Uganda’s leading independent daily. In addition to supervising a staff of reporters, Mwenda writes two columns a week. He also hosts a prime time current affairs radio talk-show every weekday evening. He has received a number of awards for his work, including a Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Performance by the Uganda Broadcasting Association in 2004, the Michael Ezra Award for Best Talk Show Host in 2003 and Journalist of the Year by the New Vision Printing and Publishing Company in 2001 and by the Uganda Press Association in 1999.
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