In a dazzling ceremony that echoed with the glitz of global recognition, Kenyan BBC Presenter Waihiga Mwaura emerged triumphant at the 7th International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award (ACE) ceremony in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on December 19, 2023. The radiant emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, and the esteemed President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, bestowed upon Mwaura the coveted Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani Anti-Corruption Excellence Award.
This accolade, organized by the Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Center (ROLACC) in Qatar, stands as a testament to Mwaura’s unwavering commitment to unmasking corruption, particularly within the intricate tapestry of sports. Mwaura’s name was etched in the annals of anti-corruption history under the category of “Safeguarding Sports from Corruption.” His relentless pursuit of truth in the realm of sports journalism has set him apart, making him a beacon of integrity in a world often plagued by deceit.
In his gracious acceptance, Mwaura expressed profound gratitude, “Grateful to have received this International Anti-Corruption Excellence Award…from the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani & the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.” These words underscored the honor bestowed upon him and the significance of the award in the fight against corruption.
The ACE Award, instituted in 2017, recognizes not only individuals but also organizations fervently dedicated to eradicating corruption globally. Mwaura’s stellar investigative career, delving into issues like doping, athlete nationality transfers, and corruption at major sports events, has truly set him apart as a paragon of journalistic excellence.
Among the illustrious winners of the 7th ACE Award, Mwaura stood tall alongside Shantanu Guha Rai, Phil Mason, and Jose Ugaz, all united in commending Qatar’s relentless efforts in the anti-corruption crusade. This shared acknowledgment reinforced the collaborative spirit necessary to combat corruption effectively.
Mwaura’s journey to this pinnacle of recognition has been studded with previous accolades, such as the 2018 BBC World News Komla Dumor Award, CNN Multi-choice Africa Award nominations, the Mo Amin Africa Award, and the Media Council Investigative Award in 2021. These laurels illuminate the trajectory of Mwaura’s dedication to excellence in journalism.
The ACE Award not only brings prestige but also opens avenues for networking among anti-corruption practitioners worldwide. As Mwaura extended heartfelt appreciation to his support system—his wife Joyce Omondi, family, colleagues, and all who stood by him—the echoes of his triumph resonated far beyond the ceremony hall. The recognition is not just a personal victory; it is a testament to the power of investigative journalism in the global fight against corruption. The ACE Award, with its five categories, stands as a beacon, guiding individuals and organizations toward a future where corruption finds no sanctuary.