Nairobi (Agenzia Fides) - A nun at the head of the project for the creation of the first national Catholic television in Kenya. Sister Agnes Lucy Lando, the director of Research and Postgraduate Studies at Kenya’s Daystar University, is the coordinator and lead consultant to assist the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Kenya (KCCB) to launch Ukweli Television Kenya. The Communications Authority of Kenya has recently issued a commercial free-to-air broadcast license to the new television station, whose motto is bringing "Christ to the people and people to Christ".
Speaking at Ukweli TV which is based at the National Youth Centre (Mji-Wa Furaha), Sister Lando congratulated the bishops’ conference and thanked the prelates for the appointment. She said she was grateful for the bishops’ confidence in her despite her other engagements at Daystar University, a non-Catholic institution. Sister Lando said the closure of Churches early in the year due to the Covid-19 pandemic influenced the establishment of the new TV station. "It was the desire of the Bishops to remain in touch with the Christians. They, therefore, requested that the establishment of Ukweli TV be accelerated so that it would be used as a tool for evangelisation and reach out Christians with messages of hope and encouragement".
"On behalf of the bishops, I am excited that finally, we have something to begin with. We thank the team in Nairobi for their commitment in helping acquire the broadcast license", said the President of the Social Communications Commission of the Bishops' Conference of Kenya, His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Obanyi Sagwe, Bishop of Kakamega, under whose leadership the Catholic TV project was realized. The Bishop noted that the Bishops are happy to finally have their own national television station.
Mgr. Obanyi said Ukweli TV would soon start transmitting programs and called on Christians across the dioceses to support the new TV and team appointed to run it. He commended Sister Lando for her commitment and acceptance in helping the bishops realize their dream. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides, 24/9/2020)