On July 25, 2012, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) issued 15 radio and TV licenses to various institutions in the country. The Blantyre CCAP Synod was among the recipients of the licences. James Chimpweya talked to deputy general secretary of the synod Reverend Clifford Nyekanyeka on when it will launch the radio.
How important is the radio station project to the church?
This is a very important project because it will transform the Blantyre CCAP Synod. The radio will not only serve congregations in Blantyre but the whole synod. Today, most churches have radio stations where various messages are being aired, including church projects and programmes. The other aspect is the promotion of the singing culture where our choirs will have their albums recorded and played. When we have many radio stations it will give our listeners many options. In this, we have targeted the youth.
The synod was granted the radio licence in July. Why has it taken so long to roll out the radio?
It has taken us so long because we have been doing ground work. First, we are sourcing funds for the project. The Blantyre Synod designed radio station pledge cards through which members are contributing a minimum of K100 from June up to January next year. Secondly, we had to set up a committee to oversee the project. The committee is currently doing its work and we are confident that before the end of this year we will roll out. We told our members to contribute so that there is ownership of the station. What programmes are expected to be aired?
Do you have other avenues for raising money apart from contributions from members?
We have various projects. We have a mission hospital in Mulanje and Malabada Health Centre in Ndirande, Blantyre. We also have an agricultural project at Namingâ€™asi in Zomba. In addition, we run secondary and primary schools in Blantyre as well as Neno.