MASVINGO-Wilson Maposa a radio producer with Wezhira Community Radio initiative was on Monday summoned and questioned by police in Masvingo over suspicion that the initiative owned broadcasting equipment.
According to the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) Maposa was questioned by officers from the Law and Order Section on whether the community radio initiative had started broadcasting.
According to the Broadcasting Services Act (BSA), it is illegal to broadcast without a licence issued by the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ).
The investigating officer named as one Mafuratidze, told Maposa’s lawyer Martin Mureri, that they would visit the Wezhira premises in Masvingo on Tuesday 16 of June 2015 to check whether they had any broadcasting equipment.
The Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe (BAZ) recently licenced ABC Communications-owned Gogoi FM as a free-to-air local commercial radio station based in Masvingo along with seven other similar stations in other towns and cities.
The Wezhira Community Radio initiative,a member of the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS),established over five years ago, hopes to be licenced by BAZ soon along with other initiatives based in different parts of the country.It is currently involved in preparing the community for eventual community radio licencing by having training programmes for volunteers like Maposa.