Minister Webster Shamu Blocks Power FM Relocation
HARARE – The Minister of Information and Publicity Webster Shamu has blocked plans by the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Holdings Board of Directors to move popular Gweru based radio station Power FM, fomerly known as Radio 3 to Pockets Hill in the capital. In constant fear of a coup, Zanu PF is paranoid to have all radio stations in Harare.
Information Minister Webster ShamuShamu, who was in Gweru last week assured workers at the station that the station was not going to be moved to Harare.
"The Minister was here last week and he assured us that the station was not going to be moved. However some DJ’s will continue to broadcast from Pockets Hill (Harare)," said a radio DJ who requested anonymity.
The powerful ZBC Board of Directors, which is chaired by Zimpapers chief executive Justice Mutasa, were mooting plans to move the station from Gweru to Pockets Hill by April 1. The station was moved to Gweru in 2000 by the then Information of Minister Jonathan Moyo in controversial programme dubbed "taking radio to the people". This also saw Spot FM formerly Radio 1 being moved from the capital to the Bulawayo’s Montrose studios.
However some senior radio personalities have been campaigning for the relocation of Power FM back to the capital a move which has been heavily resisted by Minister Shamu.
The station has been hit by exodus of experienced DJ such as Peter Johns, Eunice Goto, Kudzi Marudza, Bridget Gavanga, Munya Mlimo and Witness Matema, who quit the station when it was moved to the sleepy town.
The radio presenters have since been re-engaged and now broadcasting their shifts from Pockets Hill. Power FM is one of the most successfuly radion stations owned by ZBC. the radio station acquired a double storey house in Gweru in which the station is housed in Gweru’s city centre.
Meanwhile popular radio personality Davis Mugadza who also doubles up as Dr Zobha escaped a near fatal accident in Kwekwe last week. He was admitted at Claybank Clinic in Gweru before he was released this week. He is still walking with the aid of crutches and is not yet back at work.