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New Catholic radio station seeks to promote peace and reconciliation in Kenya.

Monday 1 February 2016, by SIGNIS

Nairobi, Brussels, February 1st, 2016 (Rose Achiego, Waumini Communications, KCCB/Amecea/SIGNIS). The Catholic Diocese of Marsabit, Kenya has expressed joy over the opening of the only radio station operating in the bush “Radio Jangwani 106.3 FM”, owned by the Diocese.

Radio Jangwani which means ‘Desert Radio’ as the name suggests, operates in the largest county in Kenya, mainly semi-arid and dominated by pastoralists.

The radio station went on air on January, 26th, 2016. The Radio Director Fr. Ibrahim Racho said to Waumini Communications that the radio station is a tool for evangelization and aims at addressing social, economic and political concerns of the people of Marsabit. “Through our programmes, we intend to promote community dialogue and co-existence in a region confronted by frequent ethnic clashes, cattle rustling and cross border conflicts amongst others,” he said.

Fr Racho confirmed that the radio station has been well received by the community members who have given their feedback through the phone calls and text messages sent to the station. He added that though there are 14 different communities in Marsabit County, radio Jangwani broadcasts in four languages: Swahili, Borana, Turkana and Samburu since they are widely understood by all.

Fr. Racho thanked Marsabit Bishop Rt. Rev Peter Kihara who is also the KCCB- Commission for Communication Vice Chairman for ensuring that the Diocese has a radio station, Waumini Communications and other partners for the realization of the project.

Omwoyo said that, Waumini Communications is committed to ensuring that the radio station has reliable means of transport to enable accessibility even to the interior parts of the County for news coverage and programme production highlighting the need to empower radio personnel through capacity building, training on conflict resolution, investigative journalism and others as the need arise.

He said the radio is a vital tool in addressing issues of tribal clashes by preaching peace, encouraging rural development, offering community education and addressing issues of radicalization through its daily programming.

The radio station which still requires a higher transmission power, covers 150km radius and is reaching all the 13 Parishes over 78,000 square kilometres.

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