Preparations to roll out Tuntufye FM Radio for the newly Karonga Diocese of the influential Roman Catholic church are at an advanced stage, the Research and Communications Department at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi can confirmed.
This development was revealed barely after ECM’s Research and Communications Department visited the diocese to appreciate efforts made to enhance communication in all the church angles.
Karonga diocese successfully negotiated for a radio licence with the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) and this was gazetted on 26th July, 2013.
So far a lot has taken place to have the radio station hit the air waves by January next year.
“There is quite a lot that Karonga diocese has done to have this radio station in place. The diocese is trying to put things in place as regards 08888opening a radio station and one of the achievements has been the negotiations with MACRA for a radio license which is finally in possession of the diocese”
The diocese is currently holding sensitisation sessions with Catholic Christians on different level s and various forums as a way of initiating and engaging them in the radio project so that they can own and support it.
Bishop Martin Mtumbuka of Karonga diocese is also working hard to have this radio station as evidenced from a number of written proposals that have been submitted to potential donors where they feedback has been positive and many have pledged funding.
“So far the diocese has receiving the first consignment of radio equipment from SIGNIS which is the World Catholic Association for Communication that brings together Catholic communications and media professionals from across the globe. Plans to renovate a building that will house radio studios are also there,” Research and Communications Officer at ECM, Prince Hnderson said.
The Diocese of Karonga is a new one with only 12 priests to reach out to more than 65,000 Catholic Christians with the Gospel.
The Western part of the Diocese is hilly and mountainous making it very difficult for the already few priests to reach the Christians regularly.
The Tuntufye FM Radio will however, be a tool to help in the evangelisation as it can easily reach the places that people may not reach physically.
The radio will primarily targeting Catholic Christians as it belongs to the Catholic Church but still more it will be an inclusive in its programmes as faithful from other denominations will be given a chance to interact and contribute to the radio station.
Apart from pastoral, the radio will also focus on development, economic, social and cultural issues that concern all groups of people.
A South African Company “Buck Broadcast” is set to install the equipment in the studios.
Tuntufye FM Radio will add up to the already existing Catholic radio stations like Radio Maria in Mangochi,Radio Alinafe in Lilongwe and Radio Tigabane in Mzuzu.
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