UNDP Supports the Launch of the Parliament Radio

23 Mar 2012

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The Rwandan Parliament officially launched its radio station, “Inteko 101.5 FM”, after almost two years of planning. The launch was highly attended by Members of Parliament, Ministers, Development Partners and local musicians. In connection with this event, the first on-air interview was conducted with the President of the Senate, Hon. Dr. Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo; MP Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, in charge of legal affairs and control of government actions, Hon. Kalisa Evariste; and the Minister in charge of Cabinet Affairs, Hon. Protais Musoni.

Inteko radio, is currently broadcasting 24/7 under the slogan “Our radio all the time”. It can be received almost all over Rwanda and it is an important tool for Parliament to reach out to the people of Rwanda as well as being an opportunity for the public to express their opinions. “The radio will help communicate to the population the activities of the Parliament”, Hon. Kalisa Evariste stated during the launch.“It’s a vital opportunity for us to involve those who elected us in the development of the country because this radio is an important tool of communication” said Dr. Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo.

Under the former Programme for Strengthening Good Governance (PSGG) and currently under the Inclusive Participation in Governance Programme  (IPG), UNDP Rwanda, together with the UK Department for International Development (DFID), has supported the establishment of the Parliament Radio. Dr. Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo explained that support from UNDP and DFID to establish the radio has been given in terms of skills, as well as financial and material support. “This ceremony marks an important achievement, and UNDP is happy to be associated with the Parliament in achieving this significant milestone-that is the launch of the Parliamentary Radio Station,” said Dr. Matthias Zana Naab who represented UNDP at the inauguration ceremony.

According to Hon. Protais Musoni, whose ministry is also in charge of the media, the achievements of establishing a Parliament radio leads to a positive change in good governance, e.g. in improving accountability and transparency to the public as well as upholding human rights, for example in relation to people’s rights to information. He also stated that the establishment of the radio plays an important role in achieving the overarching goal of educating the people of Rwanda.