By Tamuka Charakupa
Government has officially commissioned the Chimanimani FM community radio station, amid calls for the beneficiaries to utilise the platform to promote development and unity in the country.
The official launch of the Chimanimani FM is a dream come true for the community, including a 13-year-old aspiring broadcaster, Rutendo Mandirozva who had an opportunity to interview the Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa this Friday.
“I am so happy by this development because it has provided us with an opportunity to share information as young people particularly on radio lessons which are held every Saturday,” she said.
Chimanimani East legislator, Honourable Joshua Sacco said they were happy that as a community they are now visible as they are able to communicate on issues of importance.
“As traditional leaders, we hope to use this platform to promote our culture and traditions,” noted Chief Raymond Saurombe.
Officially launching the community radio station, Senator Mutsvangwa underscored the need for beneficiaries to use the station to advance issues that promote development and unity in the country.
“These community radio platforms should not be abused and used to advance messages that disintegrate the community, personal attacks and hate agenda. That is illegal. These radio stations should at all times be used to spread information of what is happening in the community, information that unites the people. This radio station is not for the government but for the community itself and should be put to good use. We have so far commissioned three community radio stations across the country as government pushes to ensure that no one and no place is left behind. These community radio stations are there to serve people in their own language and their own news, entertainment and programmes,” she said.
Chimanimani is prone to weather disasters and government is confident the radio should be part of an early warning system.
“Chimanimani is prone to disasters and now that there is a community radio station, it is now easy to communicate early warning messages. We would want to thank the President, Cde ED Mnangagwa because as a community, we now have three radio stations that is Diamond FM, Inyangani FM and now Chimanimani FM,” Honourable Nokuthula Matsikinyeri, Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution said.
Chimanimani FM is the second community radio station to be launched in Manicaland Province after Inyangani FM, with two other stations set for launch in Chipinge this year.