BUJUMBURA November 18th (ABP) – Burundi First Deputy President Gaston Sindimwo, accompanied by Communication and Media Minister Frédéric Nahimana and CNC Chair Nestor Bankumukunzi, enhanced with his presence, at the headquarters of Radio Isanganiro on Friday November 15, 2019, the official launch of the ceremonies of the open day held on the occasion of the 17th anniversary of Radio Isanganiro.

After a visit to the various departments of that medium, the 1st deputy President commended the work already done by the radio during the 17 years of its existence. He took the opportunity to ask other Burundian media not to give media space to people who make hate speech.

According to Mr. Gaston Sindimwo, Burundi government will always support law-abiding journalists and urged them to follow the order established by the authorities as the country is drawing near to the 2020 elections. Politicians are in turn urged to talk about their own projects and not those of others to achieve peaceful coexistence.

The director of Radio Isanganiro, Mr. Sylvère Ntakarutimana, first recalled that Radio Isanganiro has experienced obstacles in the past, including the closure, misunderstanding of each other on the mission of Radio Isanganiro which is to give the floor to everyone.

He said that despite those obstacles, Radio Isanganiro did a lot of things during the 17 years of its existence, to the extent that throughout the country, some people have taken the name “Isanganiro” on their restaurants, their bars and others.

Mr. Ntakarutimana did not forget to point out that he and all the staff of Radio Isanganiro are satisfied with the achievements during the 17 years of operation, and said that in perspective, they will continue the same momentum to contribute to the development of the country.

He said that although some challenges are not lacking, his medium is ready to overcome them because they are not big enough to prevent them from working. According to him, the year 2015 was historic and that according to him, “to go through a historical fact has the advantages of drawing lessons from it.”

Note that Radio Isanganiro began broadcasting on November 18, 2002.

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