VETERAN ZIMBABWE Morning Post reporter Clayton Masekesa outclassed fellow scribes and scooped the best mining reporter first runner up award in the diamond sector category at the prestigious 2019 edition of the Zimbabwe Mining Media Awards held at a Harare hotel on Thursday evening.
The gong marks the virgin such accolade for the publication barely nine months since inception.
Mtandazo Nyoni from Newsday was Masekesa’s strongest contender and he scooped the golden gong.
Masekesa is based in Mutare and he won the accolades when he wrote an expose of the dark secrets at Anjin Diamond Mine and a story about a passionate plea by the Zimbabwe Consolidated Mining Corporation (ZCDC) for a second chance after a poor performance by the Manicaland based diamond company.
He has a glittering career spanning over a decade and he has previously grabbed awards in the same sector.
“I thank God for this award and I would want to dedicate it to the Zimbabwe Morning Post family for the magic and team work, dedication and perseverance.
“Thank you to the editors Elias Mambo , Nigel Pfunde and the whole team,” said Masekesa.
Meanwhile, on the same night, socialite Olinda Chapel recorded a live video on Facebook responding to Masekesa’s love ‘proposal’ where he used satire (in jest) to poke the controversial celebrity via Facebook.