BLANTRYE--CCAP Blantyre Synod says they have so far raised K2.9 million out of the K35 million budget of the synod’s radio station project.
Government through the Malawi Communications and Regulatory Authority (Macra) recently gave the synod a radio licence. Meanwhile, the church had asked her faithful to be contributing towards the project but apparently full communicants members of the church are not forthcoming, according to insiders who spoke on condition of anonymity.
In August, the synod distributed special pledge envelopes to all congregations seeking a minimum contribution of K400 from every communicant member of the church. But the sources told Marapost on Friday that most members of the church have not yet responded to the request let alone hand in the envelopes.
“The synod is trying to devise other avenues of soliciting funds so that they roll out the radio and beat Macra’s deadline.
“As of this week, K2.9 million has been raised with a budget target of K35 million,’ said one of the sources.
Macra gave them a one year deadline starting from the day the licence was issued. The sources said the first phase of the radio station will cover the Southern Region of Malawi.
Meanwhile, the synod is working with the other synods, Nkhoma and Livingstonia, so that they should have a radio station for the whole of Malawi. Broadcasting from the historic Blantyre Mission, the radio station will have two studios, one for live broadcasting and the other recording.