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Management

Radio Wa is registered to broadcast by the Uganda Broadcasting Council. It is under the jurisdiction of Lira Diocese Media Limited and it is supervised by a Board of Directors appointed by the Bishop of Lira Diocese. It was created under the auspices of the Catholic Diocese of Lira, actually represented by its head, Bishop Joseph Franzelli MCCJ.

Bishop Joseph Franzelli MCCJ was born in Roccafranca, Brescia Diocese (Northern Italy) on 9th April 1942. He entered the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus (MCCJ), made his first profession in the Institute in 1963 and his final vows as religious on 9th September 1966. He received the priestly ordination on 11th March 1967. Afterwards he came to Uganda and taught at the Pastoral Institute of Kitgum (1972-73) and in Lacor Seminary, Gulu (1974-75). From 1975 to 1982 he was the Rector of Kitgum Pastoral Institute. He then worked in Patongo, where he was Parish Priest up to 1987. Back to Italy, he served seven years as Master of Postulants in Florence and two years as Vice-Provincial in Bologna. From 1996 he directed the Comboni Year of Ongoing Formation, commuting between Mexico and South Africa, and helping in various administrative tasks in Rome until he was elected as the third Bishop of Lira. He was consecrated in Lira on 9th July 2005.

Bishop Franzelli is presently the Chairman of the Social Communication Commission of the Ugandan Bishops Conference and Vice-Chairman of the Social Services and Development Commission.


The present Board of Directors is formed by:

  • Mons. Joseph Franzelli, Bishop of Lira, chairman
  • Rev. Fr. Francis Omara
  • Rev. Fr. Desiderius Pule
  • Sister Joe Martin Nalubega

On July 10th 2009, the management of the Lira Diocese Media Limited, from which Radio Wa depends, appointed Mr. Alberto Eisman Torres as the new Director for the radio. Mr. Eisman has been working in pastoral and development fields since 1997, mainly in Sudan. He has been Country Director for Oxfam Spain in Sudan for several years as well as East Africa correspondent for Spanish Exterior Radio for 5 years.

Presently Radio Wa is managed by the Director with the assistance of the following heads of department. The management team is formed as follows:

  • Mr. Alberto Eisman, Director
  • Mrs. Harriet Okoko, Finance / Administration
  • Mrs. Irene Achan, News Department
  • Mr. John Ocien (OJ), Programmes
  • Mr. John Kakeeto, Marketing
  • Mr. Amos Obiita, Technical

During the year 2010, Radio Wa has started a Strategic Planning and Thinking process in which it is defining its identity and values. Different persons among the Radio Wa stakeholders (listeners, social communicators, staff, directors) have taken place in this process.