As Rt. Rev. George Muthaka OFM Cap., a member of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, takes over the cathedra of the Catholic Diocese of Garissa, our focus shifts to the Capuchin Missionaries in Kenya and the role they play in evangelization. Lourine Oluoch interviews Fr Waweru Peter, the Director of Capuchin TV on what it takes to set up and run the only Catholic television station in Kenya.
Tell us about yourself and the role you play on the TV?
I’m Waweru Peter, an ordained Franciscan brother. I was born in this archdiocese of Nairobi, at St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Muguga.
The idea of Capuchin TV could have come as early as 2014. After I came back from my studies in Rome, we started sharing with a colleague about this field of communication that we had trained in and how productive our courses could be to the local church.
We started by inquiring if we could sponsor a programme on the existing television stations, in particular, the government-subsidized Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC), which by nature of its ownership ought to have some time for the religious broadcasting. It turned out to be too expensive and not achievable by our means. We shelved the idea and I was assigned to the Franciscan justice and peace (Damietta Peace Initiative) in Nyeri for