ZACRAS to hold community radio station indaba for chiefs

The Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS) has started engaging tradition leaders over the setting up of community radio stations following government’s revelation that community radio stations will only be granted to geographical communities that exist under the jurisdiction of chiefs.

Kudzai Kwangwari ZACRAS Programmes officer
Kudzai Kwangwari ZACRAS Programmes officer

Addressing (ZACRAS) board and secretariat members in Harare early this month, the minster of Media, Information and Publicity, Professor Jonathan Moyo said government is seriously considering issuing licences to community radio stations but he however insisted that the

licences will only be granted to geographical communities that exist under the jurisdiction of chiefs with shared history, norms and values.

“No one is confused about what radio is but there is a lot of confusion about what community is, said Moyo at the meeting held at his Munhumutapa offices.

ZACRAS, an umbrella body representing the country’s aspiring community broadcasters will on Monday hold a traditional leadership conference in Bulawayo on community radio stations.

“We are expecting that this conference will be attended by village heads, headmen, women and chiefs. The aim of this conference is to deliberate with traditional leaders so that there is a clear appreciation of this sub-sector by our communities. The traditional leadership is our legitimate custodians of our culture and communities “said Kudzai Kwangwari, ZACRAS programmes officer.

Kwangwari said several traditional headmen and chiefs including Fortune Charumbira, the president of Chief’s Council are expected to attend the one day community radio indaba.

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