Information ministry secretary Ndavaningi Mangwana
BY XOLISANI NCUBE
The Harare City Council has tasked its town clerk, Hosiah Chisango, to establish a community radio station and music band to entertain people during public events.
Minutes from the information committee tabled at the recent full council meeting said the city wants to have its own radio station.
“The committee suggested the establishment of a City of Harare community radio station to enable the city to communicate its messages more effectively. It was resolved that the town clerk through the corporate communication manager, reports on the requirements for the proposed establishment of a City of Harare community radio station,” read part of the minutes.
Government has indicated that it would be licencing community radio stations as part of the opening up of airwaves.
At the World Radio Day commemoration, Information ministry secretary Ndavaningi Mangwana said government would soon licence a number of community radio stations.
Cabinet has already approved the repeal of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act (AIPPA) and proposed new laws which would see more players joining the media sector.
Mangwana said government was set to gazette the law which provides for licencing of community radio stations.faith-based and campus-based stations
Harare City Council has also resolved to establish a musical band within its municipal police section replicating the national army, prisons and the national police bands.
“This would result in council saving on the hiring of external bands whenever there (are) events that require(d) entertainment by such bands,” minutes from the committee read.