Tongogara Refugee Camp lobbies for community radio station

By Tamuka Charakupa

THE Government says the establishment of a community radio station at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge will be key in catering for information and entertainment needs of refugees.

The diversity of culture and languages at Tongogara Refugee Camp in Chipinge has raised the need for the establishment of a community radio station to cater for information and entertainment needs of the refugees.

Speaking at the camp this Friday, Commissioner for Refugees in Ministry of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Totamirepi Tirivavi said government has noted the concern by refugees, reaffirming that necessary steps will be taken to address the issue.

“It is a very important request because we need to disseminate information specifically for this special group. They are a unique group and sometimes we will using appropriate language and because communication really matters and they should be able to speak the majority language that they all understand.”

Tongogara refugee camp is home to 15 000 people who speak different languages, hence the need to consider them in the mass communication matrix of the country. 

“This camp is home to close to 15 000 people who speak different languages. It a community that needs effective communication and this radio will address such. Everyone should be able to understand what the Zimbabwean government is doing for them without language issues.”

The second republic is implementing media reforms, with many community radio stations being licenced and Tongogara Refugee Camp is hoping to benefit from the government’s stance.