More than six hundred people braved the rainy weather that characterized the day for a belated World Radio Day commemoration hosted by Kumakomo Community Radio Initiative at Mutare’sChisamba Grounds in Sakubva on Saturday the 17th of February 2018. Kumakomo Community Radio initiative is a member of the Zimbabwe Association of Community Radio Stations (ZACRAS), who bankrolled the tournament.
This year Kumakomo Community Radio initiative celebrated by hosting a soccer tournament for four selected under 18 soccer teams.
Mayor of Mutare, Clr Tatenda Nhamarare (centre) recieves a Kumakomo Community Radio T-shirt
Two of the teams were drawn from the sprawling suburb of Sakubva, one from Chikanga and the other one from Dangamvura.
The programmes officer for Kumakomo Community Radio Station Sydney Mangweka said this year they decided to celebrate in a different way by engaging youths who are the prime target as potential voters in governance issues.
“ We have decided to bring this tournament to the people of Mutare to celebrate the goodness of radio. As you have seen by the response from the locals, community radio is very essential to the local inhabitants as they can get a platform to showcase their skills, for example in soccer. We have targeted youths because they are the future be it in politics, or in any community,”said Mr. Mangweka.
Guest of honour, Mutare Mayor Councillor Tatenda Nhamarare heaped praises to the initiative for remembering the youths through this soccer tournament.
Clr Nhamarare said, “ It is my pleasure and honour to be part of this gathering which has deliberately targeted the youths in Mutare. I would like to thank the organizers, sponsors Kumakomo Community Radio initiative for getting closer to the youths. It is my fervent hope that in sync with the World Radio Day theme for 2018, they will increase sports coverage and in particular, covering junior soccer in the city.
In the four team tournament, favourites La Sakubva emerged victorious beating Dangamvura based P-Stars in a penalty shootout on a 4-3 scoreline. The third and fourth positions were taken by City Strikers and City Vellos. The winners walked away with a floating trophy, a cash prize as well as two brand new balls. The runners up received a cash prize, and two balls, while the third and fourth placed teams received two balls each.
The world over, World Radio Day is commemorated on the 13th of February 17, 2018. The commemorations were held under the theme Gender Equality in Sports coverage. In separate interviews the youths reiterated the importance of advocating the licensing of community radio stations and they said the only way to do so is firstly by registering to vote and electing legislators who can vouch for community radios.