Journalist Solomon Serwanjja confirmed that he will be joining the African Institute for Investigative Journalism (AIIJ) after quitting NBS Television at the end of July.
He announced his retirement from active journalism on Tuesday via his official social media platforms and sources inside Next Media Services (mother company of NBS) say that he is going to honoured for the services he has rendered to the company
“On 31st July, I will be leaving @nbstv.It has been such an honour to serve for the last 6 years.I will now focus on my new role as the Executive Director of the African Institute for investigative journalism” he said in a statement on his Twitter account,
The Institute was established to use journalism as a tool for promoting social accountability, inform public discourse and create a nurturing space for passionate investigative journalists.
He joined NBS TV in 2015 from NTV Uganda where he was working as reporter and news anchor
In 2017, he was awarded Journalist of the Year 2017 by the African Centre for Media Excellence(ACME), a non-governmental organization that was established to support Ugandan journalists with skills to enable them survive in the ever changing media industry.
Serwanjja is also a United Nations Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism fellow 2018 and has worked as a news anchor and reporter for several television stations in East Africa including NBS TV, KTN News, NTV Uganda and UBC TV.
In 2019 Serwanjja was awarded the Komla Dumor Award, an annual award given by the BBC to celebrate African journalists.
In the same year, he was arrested by Uganda Police for his investigations into the alleged theft of government drugs by government officials from the Ministry of Health
Police and operatives of the Internal Security Organisation (ISO), then raided Serwanjja’s home where they arrested his wife, Vivian Nakaliika who was the communications officer in charge of health promotion and behavioural change at Ministry of Health.
The two were saved by the Health Monitoring Unit, under state House. The unit was was established by President Museveni in 2009 as a strategic response to challenges in the health sector such as poor service delivery.