KENYA: All Catholic Dioceses to own Radio Stations by 2020, Bishop says

NAIROBI AUGUST 7, 2015(CISA) – All Catholic dioceses in Kenya will own radio stations by 2020, Bishop Joseph Obanyi, Chairman of the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) Commission for Social Communications has said.

“Our aim is to see spiritual and social transformation of people, we want to see integral transformation of the human person as a result of strong Catholic media presence,” Bishop Obanyi told CISA August 7.

Bishop Obanyi said that the radio stations set-up is a result of the “demand by the faithful to have their own medium of communication within their reach and also to ensure progressive evangelization.”

He added that the radio stations will broadcast in either Kiswahili or the local languages depending on the target audience.

“We can never be certain on which language the radio stations will broadcast, this will depend on the communities in the diocese on their own medium of communication,” said Bishop Obanyi of the Catholic Diocese of Kakamega.

Presently the Catholic Church in Kenya has radio stations including Nairobi (Radio Waumini), Nakuru (Radio Amani), Lodwar (Radio Akicha), Murang’a (Radio Maria)Kitui (Radio Thome) and Isiolo (Radio Shahidi).

The Church in Kenya plan to expand growth in the media is contained in the Waumini Communications strategic plan 2016-2020 dubbed “WAUMINI.COM 2020” that seek to create development of a countrywide community media and ICT sector.

Bishop Obanyi said that the strategic plan would create sustainable, strategic and innovative future for Waumini Communications.

Waumini Communications Limited is the Social Communications arm of the KCCB.

The company was set up in 2012 by the bishops to coordinate and facilitate Catholic Media in Kenya.

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