By NATION REPORTER
CHONGWE Mayor, Geoffrey Chumbwe has donated K10,000 for studio equipment to Chongwe community radio station.
Mr. Chumbwe made the donation in honour of his pledge made during a fundraising braii held at the radio station on 26th May 2018. The braii was organised by the radio station to raise funds for the procurement of studio equipment as the radio station had serious shortage of equipment.
Station manager, Mr. Pennias Tembo told the Daily Nation in an interview that, Mr. Chumbwe was the one of the few who had honoured their pledges so far. “We are very thankful to our mayor for coming to our aid. The equipment in the studio was in disrepair, making our operations very difficult.
We cater for Chongwe and the surrounding areas such as Rufunsa and part of Lusaka. This station is very important in decerminating information in the Soli region.
Our goal is to increase our coverage and improve on the quality of service. We sincerely thank Mr. Chumbwe for honouring his pledge. We used the money to purchase microphones, microphone stands a printer and outdoor equipment among other things” he said.
Mr. Tembo observed that, many people pledged to help, but had not followed it up with action. “We had many pledges on that day of the fundraising braii, but our eyes are still looking to see the realisation of those promises. We therefore appeal to all those who pledged their help and others who would want to help to come forth and put life to this important entity. Our need is still very high” he said.
Mr. Tembo also revealed that, NAPSA, Graka Lodge and Chongwe College of Education had also donated K1,000 each. “We thank the other donors who honoured their pledges and expect other community leaders to emulate Mr. Chumbwe’s leadership style becsuse he is a man of his words.
We want to do more programmes including news bulletins, but we cannot do much with a serious shortage of basic equipment. With the help we have received from our mayor and others, we just have to step up our programing” he emphasised.