CHIPINGE – The Ndau communities in Chipinge and Chimanimani have welcomed the licensing of two radio stations in the two districts.
The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) on Wednesday licensed Vemuganga FM which will be stationed at Chibuwe and Ndau Radio station to be located at Garahwa, both stations will operate in Chipinge District.
These are among the eight radio stations that BAZ licenced on Wednesday.
BAZ said in a statement that the stations should be operational within 18 months, failure of which the license will be automatically revoked.
In an interview, Vemuganga chairperson Claris Madhuku said his station welcomed the development because it is the first of its kind since independence.
“We are very excited by the license. This is the first time that this has happened since independence.
“We are also happy that ownership and administration will be done by the local community and we will be broadcasting using our own language,” he said.
Madhuku said they are at an advanced level to start broadcasting.
“We are ready to start broadcasting beause our station has been active on social media. Unesco was waiting for this license so that they will provide us with state-of-the-art equipment,” he added.
Ndau Radio Station board chairperson Donald Kumbana said he is excited that there will be radio transmission in the remote district of the country.
“We have not been connected for years and our community relied on transmission from neighbouring countries. We will broadcast soon and plans are underway to train our staff,” he added.