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Zimbabwean parliamentarians tour the Daystar Communication Studios at Nairobi Campus on 17th November 2021

Zimbabwean Parliamentarians Visit Daystar University

On November 17, 2021, fifteen Zimbabwean Parliamentarians visited Daystar University Nairobi Campus accompanied by a team from the Communications Authority of Kenya.

The delegation was in Kenya, courtesy of the Kenya Government, to benchmark with community radio stations in Kenyan universities, among others. Daystar University was sampled for a study of its Communication Studios at Nairobi Campus.

The Zimbabwean Parliamentarians were received by the Vice-chancellor, Prof. Laban P. Ayiro. He noted that Daystar University has its roots in Zimbabwe where it began as Daystar Communications in 1964.

Shine FM is Daystar University student-run radio station which covers a radius of 40 kilometers around the Main Campus Athi River and its environs. The station is regulated by the Communications Authority of Kenya.

The Parliamentarians attention to Daystar drawn by the fact that Shine FM and Daystar Communication studios were recently renovated and equipped through support from the University of Northwestern in St. Paul Minnesota, USA, and Dr. John A. & Marie Mountain Clerk, respectively.

While responding to their queries, the Head of the Department of Media and Film Studies in the School of Communication, Dr. Beatrice Mbogoh, noted that the Communication Studio was operated by students all the way from the Station Manager to the reporters.

“The positions are advertised and students are encouraged to apply just like they would for a normal job,” she explained.

“Our sponsors take great interest in spreading the gospel and since Daystar is founded on strong Christian values they did not hesitate to fund the studios because they knew the equipment would be put to good use,” revealed Dr. Mbogoh.

Commenting on the relationship between Daystar University and the Communications Authority of Kenya, Dr. Mbogoh further noted that the regulator does an annual check to ensure compliance with the laid down rules and regulations.

The Zimbabwean delegation comprised of Hon. Sipho Mokone as head of delegation, Hon. Maria Hlasera, Hon. Denford Masiya, Hon. Albert Nguluule, Hon. Josiah Sithole, Hon. Shakespear Hamuuswa, all members of Zimbabwe Parliament. In Kenya, the delegation was hosted by Assistant Director of the Communications Authority of Kenya, Mr. Peter Martin Ikumilu.

After Daystar University, the team visited the United States International University-Africa (USIU-A) to experience a live community radio.

Also present was the Acting Dean, School of Communication, Ms. Brenda Wambua, who is also Head of Department, Language and Performing Arts, the HoD, Media and Film Studies, Dr. Beatrice Mbogoh, and Public Relation Officer Ms. Jean Murungi.