First phase (2012-2014)

101.3 FM

Lyambai Community Radio Station Manager, Liwena Mukeya, and members of staff in the studio

Radio Lyambai, which started in 2000, is based in the Western province of Zambia, the home of the Lozi people who formerly belonged to a British Protectorate called Barotseland. The former Zambian Government closed the station due to allegations linking it to the 14 January 2011 riots in Mongu over a banned meeting to discuss the Barotseland Agreement of 1964 but MISA-Zambia found no evidence suggesting that the station had incited violence or disturbed the peace through its broadcasts. The Barotseland is a volatile area of Zambia. The new government is expected to re-open the station soon. This radio was chosen because it’s the voice of a minority community in this part of Zambia. Locally it reaches about 80.000 listeners.

The project Empowering Local Radios with ICTs conducted a research together with local radio stations to identify main issues of local public concern in the Radio Lyambai’s coverage area:


  1. HIV/Aids
  2. Malaria
  3. Access to hospitals


  1. Fishing
  2. Access to markets
  3. Storage for produce

Social services

  1. Governance issues (rights and status of the Barotseland Agreement with the central government) and infrastructure (electricity and roads)
  2. Women empowerment (e.g.: legal assistance)
  3. Preservation of cultural identity (language and music)

Resources and further information

Related capacity building workshops

Contact info

P.O. Box 910240, Mongu
Fax: (+260) 7 221 367

Other local radio stations from this country

Breeze FM

FM 89.3

Mkushi Radio

92.7 FM

Zambezi FM

107.7 FM