Halfway man is a radio hit halfway round world

Pictured is Mueti Moomba who runs his own Zambian Politics show from his home in Halfway,Sheffield
Pictured is Mueti Moomba who runs his own Zambian Politics show from his home in Halfway,Sheffield
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FROM Halfway in Sheffield to halfway across the world, Mueti Moomba is a political radio star.

The dad-of-three runs his own internet-based Zambian politics show from his study and is making front page news in the South African country.

And he regularly scoops Zambian journalists with his interviews of leading politicans, sport celebrities or high-profile people from his home nation.

Mueti, aged 34, said: “I began the show because I think there’s always been this perception that people who leave their own country forget their roots and have no connection to what’s going on there.

“That’s not true and in Sheffield alone I know there are close to 150 Zambian families.

“I wanted to let people from around the world know about Zambia issues.

“Politicans can phone in and talk about their plans but they will also be held to account if people call and ask questions.”

By day Mueti is the manager of Fulwood Lodge nursing home - but every Tuesday night and Saturday morning he takes to the airways as Political Crossfire.

Guests have included Zambia’s top policeman Inspector General of Police Dr Martin Malama, British Olympic athlete Marilyn Okoro and veteran broadcaster Dennis Liwewe, ‘The Voice of Zambian Football’.

A former professional football star is also lined up to appear.

Mueti, of Norgreave Way, said: “I have had the majority of the Zambian Government’s cabinet on and as I am completely non-partisan I have interviewed several opposition leaders.

“I even get phone calls from people in Zambia and they are able to ask questions.

“I’m not a journalist by any stretch of the imagination but I think I’m doing pretty much a professional job.

“I do find it easier to get these interviews than some professional journalists in Zambia.”

Although the show has taken off since it launched in September, there are some downsides.

Long calls abroad can cost a fortune and it takes up much of Mueti’s spare time. Yet there is hope he could become a Jeremy Paxman of Zambia in the future.

Mueti added: “At the moment I’m doing the show out of passion and spending quite a lot of money to do this.

“I’ve often thought of contacting the BBC but I always chicken out.”

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