HISTORY AND PHILOSOPHY OF
RADIO MARIA UGANDA
Radio Maria Uganda is not different from the rest of other radio Maria stations around the world and it is under one Umbrella of World Family Association.
It was first established in Mbarara Archdiocese as a parish radio by Fr. Bashorbwa in 1996. However, later on, Fr. John Scalabarini began its extension program country wide and on 1st May 2001, Radio Maria Uganda began to operate in Kampala archdiocese, at Mutungo- Luzira as Headquarters, with Branches in Mbarara (105.4 FM), Mbale (101.8FM), Gulu (105.7 FM), and Fort Portal (104.6 FM).
Our mission is to become a “Christian Voice” in the homes of all people, especially the marginalized and downcast ones, through its religious and human promotion programs. Radio Maria aims at bringing the Gospel of Christ, the Savior of the World, to all people, wherever they may be and in whatever state of human life. Hence, to have a deeper evangelization as demanded by the Church of the Third Millennium, (Duc in altum).
Talking about the objectives of the station, they too lie as follows:
• To spread evangelical message through radio programs in line with the doctrine and pastoral needs of the local church.
• To awaken faith in Christ and call to conversion of our generation through prayer and catechetical instructions.
• To revive the spirit of prayer in the hearts of men and women and in the families.
• To promote human values that are necessary in achieving mutual love, respect of human dignity, tolerance and peaceful co-existence in the society.
• To provide a forum for the marginalized to express themselves.
• To respond to the Church’s call and commitment to use the typical mediums of our times to bring the Gospel of Christ to all people, (Vatican II, IM 2 & 13).
Our programs follow the structures created by the World Family of Radio Maria. Programs are designed to enable listeners to have daily opportunities to take part in the Church's life of prayer throughout the day creating their own pattern of work, prayer, instructions and news. These include the Canonical Hours, the Eucharist, traditional Christian prayers and prayers for the intention of the listeners. It includes instruction in the faith which is clear and intelligible to the listeners and which allows time afterwards for listeners question and comments.
Over the years Radio Maria Uganda has undergone successful development extension. More branches in Nebbi (90.5 FM), Hoima (90.7 FM), Masaka (94.0 FM), and Lira (91.2 FM) have been open up. Presently, some good Samaritans inItalyare also raising fund for Radio Maria Uganda Project to have another branch installed in Moroto, depending on the availability of the fund raised.
The station has also achieved success and popularity among the people of Uganda. Today it has been able to reach even the remote places in the country where the people had no concept about it.
IDENTITY OF RADIO MARIA
WORLD FAMILY RADIO MARIA
ASSEMBLY RADIO MARIA UGANDA
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DOCUMENTS OF REFERENCE
RM GUIDELINES PRINCIPLES
PRINCIPLES AND VALUES
RADIO MARIA UGANDA shall adhere to and be guided by the following principles and values:
- Social justice;
- Equity in development and distribution of resources;
- Gender balance
- Effective participation and empowerment of communities;
- Sustainability; and
- Such others in line with the norms, traditions and teaching of the
- Catholic Church.
OBJECTIVES OF RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
The Objectives of RADIO MARIA UGANDA shall be as follows;
a) To save souls by carrying out evangelization through radio broadcasting as a modern, effective and suitable tool in accordance with the norms, traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church, emphasizing among others the unique and significant role of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Star of Evangelization.
b) To foster collaboration, networking and sharing of information among believers and listeners, at both local and international levels.
c) To promote authentic voluntarism as a fundamental aspect of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
d) To promote and solicit funds through fundraising and related activities deemed appropriate for the radio broadcasts of religious, economic, social and cultural programmes, including reception of donations, bequests, legacies and grants to further such objects.
e) To educate and assist all people by way of radio, satellite and television broadcasting and other means of the media in areas relating to the Catholic Faith and social, cultural, economic and developmental issues which are pertaining at the time.
f) To print and publish any newspapers, newsletters, periodicals, books, magazines, leaflets, and such others that RADIO MARIA UGANDA may deem fit for the promotion of its objects.
g) To engage in research and assist others in carrying out research in areas of religion, economic, social, cultural scientific and education among others.
h) To acquire movable and immovable property and to develop and manage these properties as deemed necessary for the promotion of its objectives.
i) To receive grants and donations under conditions acceptable to RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
j) To purchase, take on lease or in exchange, hire or otherwise acquire any real or personal estate which may be deemed necessary and or convenient for any legitimate purpose of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
k) To construct, maintain and alter any house(s), buildings or works where necessary or convenient for the proper purposes of attaining the objects of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
l) To take in any gifts, donations, offers of anything or property, whether subject to any special trust or not for any one or more of the objects of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
m) To invests the monies of RADIO MARIA UGANDA not immediately required for its purposes in or upon such investments, securities or properties as may be deemed fit, subject nevertheless to such conditions (if any) and such consent (if any) as may for the time being be imposed by RADIO MARIA UGANDA or by any other lawful authority, municipal or otherwise and subject also as hereunder provided.
n) To network, collaborate, liaise, work with or be affiliated to such organizations or institutions as deemed appropriate on accordance with the objectives of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
o) To undertake or engage in such activities as may be deemed necessary and expedient for the promotion and advancement of any and or all of the objectives of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
p) To undertake or engage in such other lawful things which are accidental or conducive to the attainment of any of the objectives of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
RM STATUTE MODEL
RM REGULATIONS MODEL
ELIGIBILITY FOR MEMBERSHIP
Membership to RADIO MARIA UGANDA shall beopen to persons who:-
Are committed to the norms, traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church.
b) Are committed to the values, principles and objectives of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
c) Support and participate effectively in the programmes and activities of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
a)Every member of RADIO MARIA UGANDA shall pay membership fees annually.
b) The said membership fees shall be determined annually by the General Assembly, based on the recommendations of the Board.
ADMISSION OF MEMBERS
a) Application for membership shall be made in writing to the Board.
b) The Board shall verify the applicant’s particulars and if satisfied, shall approve the same.
c) The decision of the Board on the matter shall be final.
d) An applicant whose application has been approved shall pay the
prescribed membership fees whereupon his particulars shall be entered in the register.
THE REGISTER OF MEMBERS
There shall be a register of the members of RADIO MARIA UGANDA showing in respect of each members the following particulars:-
- Physical address
- Postal address
- Date of application for membership
- Date of admission to membership
- Date and reason for suspension of membership where applicable.
- Date and reason for termination of membership where applicable.
- Date of re-admission to membership where applicable and
- Such other information deemed appropriate by the Board.
- Members of RADIO MARIA UGANDA shall have the following rights;
a) To vote and be voted for any of the positions of leadership in RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
b) Right to participate in the activities and programmes of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
c) Right to attend and participate in the deliberations of RADIO MARIA UGANDA through general meetings.
d) Freedom of expression in accordance with the principles, and values and the Constitution of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
OBLIGATIONS AND DUTIES OF MEMBERS
a) (i) No member shall engage or participate in or condone any act that is detrimental to RADIO MARIA UGANDA. It shall be the duty of every member to uphold the good name and image of RADIO MARIA UGANDA and to do his utmost to promote RADIO MARIA UGANDA’s objectives shall comply fully with the provisions of this Constitution and such rules and regulations made hereunder.
(iii) Every member shall endeavor to satisfactorily perform all such duties entrusted to him.
(iv) Every member shall meet all financial obligations as shall from time to time be determined by RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
(v) Every member shall endeavor to attend the meetings of RADIO MARIA UGANDA which he is eligible to attend and of which he has been duly notified.
(vi) Every member shall endeavor to participate in the activities of RADIO MARIA UGANDA which he is eligible to participate in.
(vii) Every member shall respect and co-operate with fellow members, office bearers and staff of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
b) A member of RADIO MARIA UGANDA acts in breach of any of the said duties may be suspended pending further action of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
SUSPENSION OF MEMBERSHIP
a) A member may be suspended by the Board on the following grounds:
- Upon engaging in acts detrimental to the good name of RADIO MARIA UGANDA; and
- Upon engaging in acts detrimental to the interests of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
b) Such a member shall be notified of the suspension in writing by the Board.
c) During suspension, the rights, benefits and obligations accruing to a member shall be suspended.
d) The maximum period of the suspension shall be determined in accordance with the gravity of the matter at hand.
e) In the event of financial loss, a member shall be liable to refund whatever sum is involved or make good the loss occasioned to RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
a) The following shall constitute grounds for termination of Membership to RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
- Conviction of a member of an offence involving moral turpitude by a competent court or tribunal;
- Death of member;
- Failure by a member to meet his financial obligations for 2 (TWO) consecutive years;
- Persistent failure and or neglect by a member to perform his duties under this constitution and any other rules and regulations applicable;
- Gross violation of this Constitution.
- Causing gross financial loss to RADIO MARIA UGANDA; and
- Upon the General Assembly passing a resolution to that effect.
b) In the event of termination of membership, the Board shall notify the member affected of the complaint lodged against him in writing within 14 (FOURTEEN) DAYS and shall investigate the matter.
c) Such a member shall have the right to be given a hearing and to defend himself before the Board prior to a decision being made.
d) A member who is aggrieved and/or dissatisfied with the decision of the Board shall reserve the right to appeal against that decision with 14 (FOURTEEN DAYS) in writing to the Board. The decision of the Board on the matter shall be final and binding.
e) A member who ceases to be a member of RADIO MARIA UGANDA for whatever reason shall be struck off from the register. Any fees that may have been paid by such a member shall not be refunded. He shall duty bound to meet all outstanding debts or sums due on his part at the time of termination of his membership.
f) In the event of termination due to financial loss, the respective member shall refund the sum involved or make good the loss occasioned.
g) Termination of membership shall be confirmed in writing by the Board.
VOLUNTARY REGISTRATION FROM MEMBERSHIP
a) Any member who wishes to resign from RADIO MARIA UGANDA Shall give notice of such intention in writing to the Board at least 1 (ONE) MONTH in advance.
b) The Board shall upon receiving such letter of resignation communicate its decision to the member with 1 (ONE) MONTH.
c) Such a member shall be duty bound to meet all the outstandingObligations and liabilities on his part to RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
RE-ADMISSION OF MEMBERS
A) member who either voluntarily resigns or whose Membership was terminated shall reserve the right to apply to the Board for re-admission to RADIO MARIA UGANDA as a member.
b) An application for re-admission to membership shall contain reasonable grounds and reiteration of commitment by the respective member to the objectives of RADIO MARIA UGANDA.
c) Each application shall be screened and treated on its merits.
d) A member whose membership has been reinstated shall be duty bound to pay the membership fees.
MEMBERSHIP WFRM / RM
MEMBERS EX OFFICIO
UNDERLINED CHANGES AD EXPERIMENTUM
FOR NEW RM ASSOCIATION STATUTE
FOR NEXT THREE YEARS
WF MEMBERS PARTECIPATION
GRANT VALUES AND PREVENT VIOLATIONS
The Disciplinary Committee is made up of three individuals , two elected by the World Family and one from the General Assembly . The Disciplinary Committee shall remain in office for three years and may be re-elected.
No remuneration is due to them. The Disciplinary Committee shall deliberate on all issues relating to discipline or regulations, on the basis of equity, shall settle all disputes between members in relation to the Association, disputes between members and the Association which have been submitted by the Board of Directors or by at least three members . The decisions of the Disciplinary Committee shall be approved by the majority of its members. In the most serious violations of the fundamental principles (or guidelines principles of Radio Maria Project ) of the Association, the Disciplinary committee can deliberate about members exclusion and /or the Board of Directors lapse (termination
BOARD & PRESIDENT TERM LIMIT
The Association shall be governed by a Board of Directors of at least three and at most five members elected by the General Assembly and shall hold a three-year term of office. Board members may be re-elected.
The President could be re-elected at most for a three terms of office (nine years) , or more than three terms if only expressly requested by the President of the World Family .
29) The Association shall be governed by a Board of Directors of at least three and at most five members elected by the General Assembly and shall hold a three-year term of office. Board members may be re-elected. The President could be reelected for a maximum of three terms of office, or more than three terms if only expressly requested by the President of the World Family .