Bujumbura — The National Council for Communication has approved the setup of the private radio station Rema FM. It will be the first local radio station to air a twenty-four hour English news programme.
This radio station may help Louis Kamwenubusa to gain prominence once again. This seasoned journalist was the assistant to the director of Radio Publique Africaine. He had had troubles with Alexis Sinduhije, the former director of RPA, in the wake of the fabricated plot against prominent authorities. It was then that the ruling party sought to silence this radio station which had broadcast news showing that the plot was a fabrication of the ruling party. Louis Kamwenubusa was fired from RPA after he connived with Nyamitwe to destroy the leadership of this new station.
Currently more than ten private radio stations and two television stations operate in Burundi. Excepted Radio Maria and international stations, there is no other local radio station on the air twenty-four hours a day.