The David Astor Journalism Awards Trust

Solomon Arinaitwe

Photograph of Solomon Arinaitwe

Solomon is a political and parliamentary reporter
with the Daily Monitor in Kampala.

He was drawn to the profession by a natural affinity, with a deep longing to expose the ills afflicting Ugandan society and hold the authorities to account. 

Starting as an intern with the Daily Monitor in late 2011, he quickly distinguished himself as a rising young journalist mainly by covering politics, while also finding time to do features and health reporting.  In 2013, he was assigned permanently to cover Parliament.

An ardent admirer of the British style of journalism, he had an opportunity to experience it firsthand when he spent six weeks in London in 2015 for his David Astor Award programme.

Working on the home news desk at The Times for three weeks, he covered a range of stories outside of his usual beat.  He then joined The Independent’s political team at Westminster and helped report on the budget.  He later spent seven weeks with the Mail & Guardian in South Africa, where he wrote about Ugandan politics.

In 2012, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communication from the Islamic University in Uganda.

When he is not immersed in the intricacies of parliamentary proceedings or the craze of elections, perusing the British media and listening to music are among his favourite pastimes.

Twitter:  @bisekisolo