BY METHEMBE SIBANDA
NYANGANIFM in Nyanga, Manicaland province, will become the country’s second community radio station to officially go live today, Information deputy minister Kindness Paradza said yesterday.
“We are going to officially launch it (NyanganiFM) today. We are happy as government that communities continue to be empowered,” Paradza said during a media reform meeting organised by the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (Zacras),
So far government has licensed 14 community radio stations with AvuxeniFM in Chiredzi being the only one broadcasting.
Paradza said plans were afoot to officially launch ChimanimaniFM in a fortnight.
“We thank Unesco who have assisted us in the purchasing of equipment to set up some of these stations,” he said.
Speaking during the same meeting, Zacras national co-ordinator Sandra Mazunga urged the government to stop meddling with community radio stations.
“Government must fully respect the editorial and programming independence of community radio
stations. Also it should make the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe more autonomous and strengthen it to function without political interference,” Mazunga said.
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