Community radio station launched

The local community has completed the construction of radio station offices in anticipation of the government’s liberalisation of the airwaves.

The community mobilised resources from locals and those living outside the country in order to construct Getjenge FM offices and set up studios. The radio station’s manager, Thomas Sithole, told The Zimbabwean the radio station would serve local communities in Bulilima, Mangwe and Plumtree.

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“This project is entirely the initiative of the locals. We want this station to promote our own Kalanga language, which is now recognised by the new constitution,” said Sithole.

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He went on to say people from Plumtree and surrounding areas had been deprived of information. Most locals listen to Botswana-based radio stations.

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“Plumtree is one of the least developed districts in the country. The area has serious water shortages and social services such as clinics and schools are also scarce. We need to hold our leaders accountable on these issues. We need a platform for the people to air their views,” said Sithole.

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The station is currently manned by eight fully trained volunteers.

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“Currently we only produce pre-recorded programmes which we distribute to the members of the public. We try to cover all community events,” said Sithole.

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The station was named after Getjenge, the first black man to work for National Railways of Zimbabwe railway station in the area.