Hope in the Air: Archdiocese of Mombasa launches Radio Tumaini

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Yet again the Catholic Community Radio Network in Kenya has achieved another major milestone towards the Church’s Mission of creating spiritually nourished and empowered society after welcoming Radio Tumaini in the Archdiocese of Mombasa.

Mombasa Archbishop Most Rev. Martin Kivuva presided over the launch of the station at Our Lady of Good Hope Pilgrimage, Bura Shrine.  Tumaini which means hope is the 12th Member of the Catholic Media family coming hot on the heels of Radio Mchungaji in the Catholic Diocese of Mararal which was launched in August.

Addressing hundreds of Christians, Archbishop Kivuva welcomed the new station as a tool of evangelization and empowerment of the local communities “Radio Tumaini ni Mwanga wetu (Radio Tumaini is our light), it represents a tool of spreading Christ’s message of hope, we are happy and we will journey together and  look forward with hope” Archbishop Kivuva said. “Through Radio Tumaini, Our objective is to cover the whole Diocese by targeting the four counties of Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Kwale and Mombasa” he added. The station will broadcast in Swahili language on 93.0 Fm.  The Archbishop thanked the technical team led by KCCB Waumini Communications Managing Director David Omwoyo for working tirelessly to realise the dream of Radio Tumaini.

At the same time Taita Taveta Governor John Mruttu led other leaders among theme Members of Parliament and Members of the County Assembly in Congratulating the Archdiocese of Mombasa for its commitment to promote people participation and connectivity through Radio Tumaini “Your Grace we want to congratulate you and your team for this initiative and also  welcome Radio Tumaini, the County Government of Taita Taveta is committed to engage the people through the new radio station, we look forward towards implementing development programmes, engaging  and informing the people through Radio  Tumaini which is  timely to enable  public participation” Said Governor Mruttu.

The Governor expressed his optimism that Radio Tumaini will be a platform to promote family values in the society singling the youth as segment of the society that needs guidance on family values. Other leaders present during the launch included Chairman of the Catholic Members of Parliament Association and Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu, Mwatate MP Andrew Mwadime, Bura MCA Frumence Mshila among others.

At the same time, Archbishop Kivuva presided in celebrating the Joy of Religious Vocations that saw the ordination of two priests and four deacons Rev. Fr. Jefferson Mbatia, Rev. Fr. Dominic Nzioka, Deacon Onesmas Charo, Deacon Sebastian Sikhembo, Deacon Gabriel Kalama, and Deacon Johnson Thoya. Other programmes that were launched include; Good family good church family life programme, fight against all forms of human trafficking, and the inauguration of Our Lady of Good Hope, Pilgrimage Centre – Bura Shrine.

By Franc Mwangi

 

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