THE United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Lusaka Presbytery has embarked on a project to set up a radio station in Lusaka. THE United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Lusaka Presbytery has embarked on a project to set up a radio station in Lusaka.
In an interview with the Lusaka Star, UCZ Lusaka Presbytery Bishop Rodwell Chomba said setting up a community radio station would help the church have a voice and add to the many voices speaking on matters affecting people in various communities.
He added that the radio station would also be used to propagate the word of God to communities within the catchment area of the station.
Bishop Chomba explained that once operational, the station would provide a platform for people in communities to also speak out on issues affecting them.
“The purpose of setting up a community radio station is to enable us have a voice and voice out on the many issues affecting people within our nation. The station will be a platform for UCZ to preach the word of God to people on a large scale. And people in various communities will also be able to air their views on different issues affecting them,” he said.
Bishop Chomba said the radio station would be launched as soon as all necessary paperwork are completed and approved by the relevant authorities adding that setting up of the radio station would cost about K250, 000.
“In terms of preparations we are in the process of submitting our papers with the ministry of information and broadcasting. We have also registered the station with PACRA and we have already opened a bank account for the radio station. So once the license is obtained, we will be able to launch the radio station probably this year,” Bishop Chomba added.
He noted that once fully operational, the radio station would largely depend on volunteers before employing part time and permanent workers.
Bishop Chomba has since called on the corporate world to come on board and help fund the project as it would not only benefit UCZ but society as a whole.
The radio station will be called United Voices radio station and is expected to cover Lusaka and its surrounding areas; it may go as far as Mumbwa.