The Chairperson of the Independent Media Commission (IMC), Mrs. Bernadette Cole has admonished the management of Radio Bintumani not to allow anyone to use the radio station to make derogatory remarks that are likely to infuriate a section of the community and lead to chaos and unrest.
Mrs. Cole was at the head of a three- member delegation from the IMC to Kabala, Koinadugu District to investigate the cause of the recent unrest in Kabala, with a view to discussing the way forward to avoid a repeat.
The delegation which also comprised the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the IMC, Commissioner Francis Davies and Mr. Andrew Koroma, a co-opted member of the Technical Committee held separate meetings with various stakeholders including DISEC which was having its weekly meeting in the District. The team also held a well attended meeting with a cross section of the community at the Kabala Community Centre.
At the end of the deliberations, the team from the IMC described as unfortunate the remarks made by the District Council Chairman, Mr. Peter Conteh on the radio station, which was the basis of the unrest. They added their plea to those of Mr. Peter Conteh who had asked for the forgiveness of the Paramount Chiefs and the community for the remarks made on air, and appealed to the Paramount Chiefs and the community to put the incident behind them.
At the end of the meeting a number of recommendations were agreed upon including that the Communities takes ownership of the radio station and ensure that it has a functioning Board .
The Management of the radio station was also urged to develop a programme schedule and that all programmes must be recorded and kept for at least three months to be made available on demand by IMC, furthermore it was agreed that a special training be mounted for members of the Board and the staff.
The delegation took the opportunity to examine the technical parameters on which the radio station as well as other radio stations in the nearby Bombali District operate and counseled them on a number of issues that should assist them to function within the Media Code of Practice.