[lg policy] Kenya: KBC launches Somali station, Iftiin FM

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Wed Nov 18 15:58:54 UTC 2015

KBC launches Somali station, Iftiin FM
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November 17, 2015

KBC MD Waithaka Waihenya addresses the guests giving a brief account of
Iftin FM

By Lynance Mwashgadi

Kenya Broadcasting Corporation has officially launched Iftiin FM radio that
broadcasts in Somali language.

Iftiin FM was officially launched during a colorful ceremony that was held
at a Nairobi hotel and which was attended by a host of leaders especially
from Northern region led by National Assembly majority leader Adan Duale.

The launch was presided over by Information Principal Secretary Joseph
Tiampti who revealed that plans to launch a language policy that will
regulate the media fraternity are underway.

The new KBC radio station joins a host of others such as Coro FM, Minto FM,
Radio Mayenga and Radio Ingo among others.

KBC Managing Director Waithaka Waihenya who spoke during the launch,
reiterated the corporation’s commitment in ensuring that the station
extends its tentacles to the rest of the country, in the next coming months.

Waihenya assured Kenyans that the corporation intends to continue providing
quality broadcast content to them in their first languages.

On his part KBC Board Chair Eng. Edward Musebe who commended the ongoing
transformation at KBC, affirmed that the birth of Iftiin FM.

National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale on his part challenged KBC
management to expand the station reach to the Diaspora pledging to commence
talks with cabinet secretary in charge of information and technology in a
bid to pump funds in the corporation to assist revamp the National
broadcaster, into a world class broadcast.

Information and Technology Principal Secretary Joseph Tiampati who was the
Chief Guest during the launch disclosed that plans are underway by the
ministry to launch a language policy that will regulate the media


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