Minister of Information, Communication Technology and Civic Education Patricia Kaliati says community radios are vital in upholding moral standards.
She has since asked community radios to broadcast educative and awareness messages on various issues affecting ordinary people to achieve societal and mindset change.
Kaliati was speaking on Saturday at a fundraising dinner and dance organised by Mchinji-based Mudziwathu Community Radio for the construction of its new offices.
She said there is moral decay in society such as rape, alcohol abuse and domestic violence due to lack of knowledge.
“As a community radio station, your role is to produce more programmes and involve counsellors and religious and traditional leaders who would tackle such issues,” said Kaliati.
She also challenged the radio’s management to ensure that they disseminate messages on government policies and development programmes and commended it for continuing to operate the station despite facing financial problems.
Kaliati donated K1 million towards construction of the new office block.
Mudziwathu Community Radio board chairperson Bishop Stanford Jordan said the radio has been facing numerous challenges since Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation(Creccom), an organisation which established it, handed it over to the community.
“The radio has no permanent building to operate from and no permanent employees, but volunteers who do not get monthly wages. This is affecting operations of the radio station,” he said.
He commended government, through Mchinji District Council, for giving the station land where to construct the new radio station on.
During the function, which was spiced up by performances from Lloyd Phiri and the Symon and Kendall duo, several people, including businesspersons, donated funds to the station.