Harare to establish community radio station

Harare City Council is looking into establishing a community radiostation to cater for ratepayers.
According to information and publicity committee minutes, town clerk Hosiah Chisango has been tasked with the project.

“The committee suggested the establishment of a City of Harare community radio station to enable the city to communicate its messages more effectively. It was resolved that the town clerk through the corporate communication manager, reports on the requirements for the proposed establishment of a City of Harare community radio station,” read part of the minutes.

Information committee chairperson Barnabas Ndira said the radio station would be used for development purposes mostly.
“If we get the licence our radio station will focus on service delivery issues which are our main thrust. The residents will be able to air out their views without any fear or barriers,” Ndira said.
Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (Zacras) claims that Zimbabwe currently has no bona fide licensed community radio stations despite the government’s claims to the contrary.

In 2015 the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (Baz) issued community radio licences to eight stations in what Zacras described as a sham.
The eight licensed community radio stations include Ya FM (Zvishavane), Nyaminyami FM (Kariba), Breeze FM (Victoria Falls), Diamond FM (Mutare), Skyz Metro FM (Bulawayo), Capitalk 100.4FM (Harare) and Faya FM ( Gweru).

Zacras programmes officer Kudzai Kwangwari said all the licensed radio stations were commercial ones.
“The ones we have are far from community radio stations; they are commercial. The government is not willing to license genuine community radio stations based all over the country,” Kwangwari said.

Kwangwari said the eight stations were licensed by Baz in a bid to dupe Zimbabweans into believing that the country now has genuine community radio stations.
“It was a ploy to confuse people because there are genuine existing community radio stations which the government is unwilling to license.

These include Corah, Radio Dialogue, Y-Star FM, Getjenge FM, 41 FM,
Twasumpuka, Kwekwe FM, Berina FM, Radio Chiedza, Patsaka Nyaminyami, Hwange FM, Vemuganga FM, Budja FM, Nkabazwe FM, Zhowane FM, Ntepe FM, Wezhira, Goromonzi FM, Nkayi FM, Tsakani FM, Madziwa FM and Kumakomo
FM,” the Zacras official said.

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