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relaunches Community radio initiatives in Mutare and Masvingo
May 17, 2004
Advocacy Department on 14 and 15 May re-launched community radio
broadcasting initiatives in Mutare and Masvingo respectively.
The aim of the
project is to engage communities in these cities to come up with
community radio station programmes. The launch also saw the stakeholders
nominating interim committees, which are going to spearhead the
initiatives until March 2005.
Present at the
Mutare launch were representatives of Non-Governmental Organisations,
members of the Pastors fraternity, media practitioners, media lawyers,
the business community, members of the city council, the public
In a Speech
read on his behalf, Mutare Mayor, Misheck Kaugurabadza expressed
gratitude at the role to be played by the proposed radio station
which he said, if realized, would positively enhance and improve
the life of the community by educating, entertaining and informing
the residents of the city.
city council has taken cognizance of the fact that residents should
not only be consulted but should also participate and contribute
in all civic matters in a bid to enhance transparency, accountability
and social responsibility. In this regard, Council has come up with
an advisory committee for the city, which is made up of its key
stakeholders in the furtherance of its purpose of existence, goals,
objectives, strategic vision and mission. It is through the establishment
of the proposed community radio station that the information on
developmental matters will be disseminated to residents of the city,"
said the mayor.
said the proposal was a welcome development to the council as it
would provide a ready and accessible channel of communication with
and amongst residents of Mutare.
At the launch
of the Masvingo initiative, that was also attended by members of
the civic society, the Mayor of Masvingo Mr. Alois Chaimiti urged
all stakeholders in Masvingo to support the initiative that is going
to focus on strengthening developmental processes while serving
interests of the community.
permits community radio stations under the Broadcasting Services
Act, (BSA), although it has not, as yet issued an announcement for
community radio license applications. There will be need for aspiring
community broadcasters to be told any regulations and procedures
that will enable them to broadcast," he said
He urged MISA-Zimbabwe
to facilitate the formation of the radio stations by providing financial
and technical support.
the launch of both initiatives, the Acting Advocacy Officer for
MISA-Zimbabwe Wilbert Mandinde said it was the responsibility of
the respective communities to propound ways in which they could
lobby for the introduction of radio stations in the community. He
pledged MISA-Zimbabwe’s support at every stage in the formulation
of ways of enhancing the community initiatives.
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