Mzimba 20 year old fears arrest for operating own radio station

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A 20 year old young man is operating his own radio station in Mzimba district but he fears being arrested as geniuses like him are still not being cherished in Malawi.

The man’s radio has a coverage of about five kilometres in radius and starts hitting the airwaves at around 9 pm.

Programming range from sports, entertainment and fictional news. The radio has a wider audience, because of the good programming.

Malawi24 managed to have a one on one chat with the man to learn more about his idea behind the radio station.

“I learnt how to create radio station from my friend when I was at secondary school. We had a radio station there, where we were broadcasting news and scandals from the school,” said the man who cannot be named.

on airHe added: “When my friend went to Lilongwe, I thought of pursuing the idea because by then I had known everything.”

According to the young man, making a radio station is not so difficult such that if given a lot of resources he can even make something that can have a very wider coverage.

He said with the little resources he had, he managed to set up a radio station covering a distance of some kilometres on radius.

“If I had support, making a radio station is not so difficult. In fact most of my friends are also making such things where they are. We just connect some networking equipment,” he added.

But why is he operating his radio station only at night?

“Even my parents are against this, they say it’s a crime to innovate this and police may arrest me and I may spend my life in prison,” he said.

History shows that he might be right since other young men have been arrested in the past for introducing their radios.

However, Mzuzu based engineer Kelvin Lungu suggests that arresting such people might not entirely be a solution but cherishing and supporting their work.

“No need to be arresting them, if they find them, they must only find ways of advancing their knowledge. Some people were born like that and if you threaten to arrest them, it’s like you are killing their inborn talent,” he said.

He added: “in other countries like Israel, boys like these are treated with respect because they are believed to have the capacity of doing more. What they only require is support. ”

According to Malawi Communication regulatory authority (MACRA), such illegal radio stations are very dangerous because they can compromise the networking of various things including airplanes.

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  1. Kodi kukonza radio station ndi kukonza munthu wamoyo champhavu kwambiri nchiti? Bwanji osamanga anthu ambiri omwe ali kalikiliki kubadwitsa ana m’manyumbamu maka mwezi yozizirayi Kkkkk!

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  3. Malamuro akwathu kuno ambili ndi akale malamuro aazungu osafuna wina achite chithu chabwno chokomela anthuake chomcho dziko lathu ndipovuta kuti lingakele coz timayamba tokha kunkhomelerana wina apange ndege mwamuopsya apange magetse anphepo wamangidwa apange simple radio waonaso zokhoma pamenepa pakufunika kusitha malamulo ena coz bomalimene lalowa lidzioneka kati loipa koma zisalichocho vuto ndi malamuro akaleo enafe timaopa zotelozo maluso ndiambili amabisika kamba ka malamuro akwathu kuno mpake athu amathawa ndikuma pita maiko ena

  4. koma a Malawi chilichonse boma ndiloyipa, apa nkhani ndiyongokonza lamulolo kuti anthu aluso ngati awa asamawamange koma kuwathandiza kuti luso lawo lipite patsogolo. Lamulo lili lonse limayenela kutsatidwa.

  5. I can recall of a certain guy from Mulanje who generated electricity for the whole village and there were no blackouts. What did the government do?? Closed his power station…. Now i heard of a certain guy who also generated electricity in the north(if im right)…. What did the government do?? Give him money to start other businesses to keep his company from competing with Escom. Ati they want to maintain electricity as a monopolistic business poti Escom ndi ya boma. aaarg

  6. keep it up My Boy. Mzimba woyyyyyyeeeee, we need engineers in our country like u. Now uneed to start connecting wires in Peter Munthalika’s head so that He can start thinking properly

  7. Boma lamalawi is stupid why alws u jst arrest our artspeople wy mmalo momutukula kuti dziko litchuke komanso lipindule mukukuchita majerasi ine ndiye ndidzapanga bomba lidzakhala lotchela kale mukadzangondimanga lizaphulikila ine ndili ku ndende komweko tidzaone kuti mudzapindulanji …Tsegula maso malawi ona patali vuto mumalimbikitsa zopanda pake …..

  8. Kkkkkkk wise guy ameneyi sakuyenera kumangidwa ai koma alembedwe ntchito ya engineer ngakhale ena amene anapita ku Polly sangapange redio paokha masuleni nsanga amalawi munakhala bwanji kodi??

  9. Vuto with malawians Munthu Akaonetsa Mzeru Pokoza Chithu Chinachake Nsanje Imachuluka {Eg Aperson operating his own Radio} And Timamulanda Sitidzatukuka Amalawi

  10. I also feared in 2008 when i was at Lisumbwi sec xool,i tried to make it & was working bt only was affected Zimwe Radio around Mbwi compus..ma frndz told me to get lisence if am Lucius otherwise jail ‘ll b mine…pple lyk him gorvment suppose to do something to support his

  11. Sorry boy get for mosquitos in the Cell , anzako anapanga chimozimozi koma aona mbonaona ….amafuna athu oba ndalama osa faz yomwe ili innovetive ,,,,,eish poor Malawians being led by dead

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  14. My brother…….fear and worry not, for the government always preaches about equipping and empowering the youths to be entrepreneurs and independent. I just hope the government will step up and help you legalise your Radio Station. Big up……go on and realise your dreams Bro.

    Malawi24, please update us of any action taken against this young boy.

  15. Had it been ngati maiko azathu, he would be assisted by the govt, koma poti ndikumalawi iiii mumva kuti amufaka mdindo mpakana chimbaula chipita zauchitsiru basi.Keep it ma radio enawa mmmmm tidasiya kalekale kumvera

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  17. Am workin on a television broadcaster …lol…bt de fact remains dat we beta av a radio station at everyhouse hold kupewa kumavera nyasi za radio 1 kapena kukhala ndi zipani zandale over 50 anthu ake akumangokamba zolenda ngat…kwinaku akugawana misonkho yathu

  18. Akut Mahule ku Lilongwe asakha owatsogolera basi malawi mweeeee kusekerela…munthu waonetsa nzeru zake kupanga radio akumumangaso nde mukuti Malawi atukuka bwanji anthu inu..???

  19. It is just pathetic that the person is named “genius”….radio is already there, infact a perfect one…on been afraid to be arrested, yeah he has to…thats why we have MACRA…anyone operating a Radio has to have a license…imagine everyone if anyone is allowed to operate his own Radio, how many Radio Stations will Malawi have?…my brother go and tell the police yourself kuti you are operating a Radio Station illegally, You need to be arrested, this is not genius…mimic what others have already done it…

  20. kukanakhala ku america azungu akanati,that is very wonderful to show that skill,But because we are malawians zimathera ku police,komadi national anthem song inanena zoona ponena za nsanje….let us open our eyes, bwanji osamagwira mfiti kumakazitsekera ku police….pliz pliz we hav to change

  21. He is not the first malawian person to do that, some 9 years ago I remember very well a certain guy from Mulanje was also arrested for operating his own ilegal radio, but was released & Zodiack took him and sent him to school at Kaphuka Pvt, but I don’t knw where he is now, at school when I was in form one @ Islamic Boys Sec School we also had a certain form 3 guy who was also doing that within our compous in mangochi!

  22. kikikik kma malawi amwene mmm sadzathekaso basi,,mbava nde kuzisunga bwino lomwe kma such an intelligent man amusaka mpakana amupezere chfukwa choti amukhazkire bhind bars

  23. kikikik kma malawi amwene mmm sadzathekaso basi,,mbava nde kuzisunga bwino lomwe kma such an intelligent man amusaka mpakana amupeze chfukwa choti amukhazkire bhind bars

  24. Can you link me to him plz!!
    Here is my contact:0888045907
    I’ve been doing the same thing for 5years now

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  26. kaya mumati genious koma chofunika asatile malamulo pamene enafe tinene kuti alidi wanzeru….apemphe zithandizo kumabungwe ndikuboma ngati alibe poyambila poti zofunika zimenezo.uli makola wakwithu.

    • Are u insinuating that geniuses should not abide by the law? Come one fellow Malawians, we are not wild animals whereby anybody should anything he or she wants provided he or she is a genius. We are guided by the law and it should apply to everyone. By the do u know kuti he is disturbing

    • @ Anusa Masina, anybody with all five senses would not be against this innovation. However, if the innovation has legal limitations, we should first of all try to sort out those limitations other than blaming authorities. Am sure other radio stations have already started experiencing problems in that area since there is disturbances of waves.

    • Ndiye malamulowo anaikilidwiranji? Munthu waba ndalama wamanga nyumba kapena wamanga school, munthu ameneyu walakwa? U can’t apply humanity in legal matters. Ngati zili choncho anthu akutibera ndalama zathu m’bomawa asamangidwe chifukwa ndalama zobedwazo zizipanga circulate ku Malawi konkuno zomwe chili chinthu chabwinonso kwambiri.