The Chief Sub-Editor of The Guardian, Wence Mushi, has emerged the first recipient of ‘The IPP Chairman’s Award’ after being nominated for the position of ‘Best employee of The Guardian Limited’ for last month.
The award was presented to him by The Guardian Ltd Managing Director, Kiondo Mshana, at a short but colourful ceremony in the company’s Newsroom yesterday.
Mushi’s exemplary diligence, commitment and professional discipline were recognised in the form of 500,000/- and a certificate of merit handed over by the MD.
Under the incentive programme, devised by IPP Executive Chairman Dr Reginald Mengi in June, each IPP Group company each month picks an employee to be recognised for outstanding performance.
Each winner is recognised as ‘Best Employee of the Month’ and enters an annual draw, thus standing the chance of winning a million shillings as ‘Best Employee of the Year’. MD Mshana appealed to other employees of the company to learn from Mushi’s example, adding that the awards were open to nominees from all departments – Editorial, Advertising, Administration, Circulation, Marketing, Finance and Printing.
An excited Mushi expressed his appreciation to the company for recognising workers as “the wheels of the vehicle”, adding that “this achievement is a result of team work”.
During a special dinner he hosted for all IPP Group companies’ employees in early June, Dr Mengi raised the minimum wage to 450,000/- “in response to the general increased cost of living facing most Tanzanians”.
It was also then that he announced the introduction of what is now known as ‘The IPP chairman’s Award’.