Wajir Community Radio

Wajir Community Radio

Wajir Community Radio (WCR) was established in 2005 by community members resident in Wajir County. The members requested Arid Lands Resource Management Project (ALRMP) to assist them set up a community radio station. The station was funded by World Bank through Arid lands Resource Management. The actual construction of the radio station commenced in October 2007 and was officially launched in May 2010. The radio covers 140km radius with an estimated audience of 270,000 people. It covers the larger Wajir County including Wajir East, South, North and West. It broadcasts on 90.9 FM.

  • Frequency: 90.9 FM
  • Geographical reach: 140KM Radius.
  • Language/s of broadcast:  Somali, Borana, Swahili and English
  • Broadcast duration: 24 hours
  • Location: Wajir Town, Wajir County
  • Estimated audience:  270,000 listeners
  • Contact Person:  M/s Halima Kahiya, Station Manager

The main aim of the radio station is to empower the marginalized and vulnerable members of the pastoralist communities who are mostly disadvantaged over reading print materials due to their illiteracy. It targets voiceless members in the community who include indigenous pastoralists, people with disabilities, internally displaced persons and other disadvantaged minorities.

The Radio strives to create an effective communication channel to the voiceless members in the community that will be a fitting alternative to print mass media which have closed off majority of the illiterate local community. The radio also seeks to enhance communication and advocacy among the pastoral communities of the county. This would enable them share their development agendas.

The vision of the station is to be the indispensable voice and resource of the people of Wajir County in the building of a prosperous community characterized by peace, harmony and equity. WCR advocates, serves and promotes the interests, welfare and equitable development of the people of Wajir County. The programmes at the radio station include those on sustainable livelihoods, climate change, health, gender and equality, children welfare and rights, Good governance and accountability, environment, livestock market price, among others.