Zimbabwe Marks World Radio Day

Murehwa, 12 February 2016 - The UN in Zimbabwe together with the Government organized the Commemoration of the World Radio Day in Murehwa, Mashonaland East Province. World Radio Day was commemorated under the theme “Radio in times of Emergency and Disaster”WRD_0_0.jpg

The event was attended by about 1000 people including Local Government representatives, Chiefs and Headmen, Senior District Education Officials and officials from Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, the UN in Zimbabwe and school children.

Prof Hubert Gijzen, Regional Director of UNESCO, represented by Hezekiel Dlamini gave an overview of the World Radio Day as an observance day held annually on 13 February. The Director General’s message emphasized on the power of radio which relies on journalists, who are the first on the scene to witness events and give a voice to local actors and victims to raise awareness and mobilize resources, without which there is no effective humanitarian action.

Radio representatives from 6 radio stations participated, these include SFM radio, National FM, Power FM, ZiFM, Radio Zimbabwe and Zacras. The radios urged Government to license community radios so that Emergency and Disaster messages to reach all remote areas of Zimbabwe.

Local Councilor Chairman Mr Femayi referred to the radio as the quickest way of transmitting messages to all 30 wards in Murehwa. According to  Councilor Femayi  “radio was very effective during the Chivake bridge  accident when a black granite stone fell and blocked  the road”  He then appealed to the government to continuously improve local radio to international standards, as council, they are happy with the  digitalization process.

Representative of the Ministry of Women Affairs Ms Abigail Dovi said “Women are more affected in times of Emergency and disasters because usually men tend to run away when disaster strikes”.  Rtd Major Mutambudzi from the Ministry of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services said “Radio played a major role to fight the settlers during the liberation war in Zimbabwe”. He also urged Community radios to regularize their operations as government will not license them if they are operating illegal.