By Providence Maraneli
The Manama Community has described the installation of studio equipment for Ntepe Manama Community Radio as government’s commitment towards access to information across the country.
There is a proverbial fresh breeze sweeping the sotho speaking villages of Manama in Gwanda south as the community’s dream of a radio station that broadcast in their mother tongue is being established.
The government through the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) has delivered the first end of its bargain after installing the studio equipment much to the joy of the community.
“We are so delighted. The government has done a tremendous job. The community radio will push the government’s development agenda,” a member of the community said.
Another noted, “This government is serious and it does not just promise, but delivers and we are so delighted.”
“We are going to have our own community radio that will speak in our own language this really excites us,” added another.
Ntepe-Manama Community Radio board member, Mr. Andrew Ndlovu said, “It’s like we are dreaming. When we were told that we are going to have a radio by September, we thought it was a joke and now the government has delivered and installed the studio equipment. This dispensation is serious about development, we are so grateful.”
With installation of the studio equipment done, the BAZ is convinced that it will meet the targeted September deadline.
Engineer Mathew Chakanyuka of the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe said, “We have done the difficult part and what is left is just to test the transmitters, the radius that this community radio will cover and from there we are good to go. Tell you what we will be on air in September and this is exciting times for the people of this area.”
The government has so far licensed 14 community radio stations with Avuxeni in Chiredzi, Inyangani and Chimanimani all in Manicaland already on air.