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Zimbabwean Govt Funds New Community Radio Stations After Cyclone

Zimbabwe’s parliament has revealed that the Zimbabwean Government has provided $180 000 for the building of community radio stations in cyclone-hit Chimanimani and Beitbridge and Binga.

Speaking at a Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) broadcasting conference in Harare last week, Settlement Chikwanya, the acting chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Media, Information and Broadcasting Services said that the funding of the three community radio stations had already been approved by parliament.

Chikwinya said that Government had prioritised setting up community radio stations in Beitbridge, Binga and Chimanimani because of the cyclone which recently hit the area. He added that if there had been a community radio station in the area, the effects of the natural disaster which occurred there could have been minimised.

More than 400 people were swept away and thousands more lost their homes when Cyclone Idai tore through south-eastern Zimbabwe, leaving a tragic trail of death and destruction.
Chikwinya said that tropical cyclones tend to repeat themselves hence the importance of a radio station to pass on information during disasters.

A funding partner has also been instrumental in the project, according to Chikwinya, but he would not provide a name.

He said that Binga and Beitbridge had been picked mainly because of poor reception at their local radio stations.

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