LOFA COUNTY – Radio Kitoma in Voinjama, Lofa County was set on fire early Saturday morning, April 23 at 4 a.m. sharp.
Station manager Mr Tokpa Tarnue said there was no electricity in the building at the time of the incident, adding that the station shut down at 10 p.m. on Friday.
For now, the cause of the fire remains unknown as the generator and solar power were off when the incident occurred. According to reports, the only announcer on duty remains confused as to how the fire occurred.
Meanwhile, Liberia Forest Media Watch (LFMW), a group of investigative journalists who report on the forestry sector, calls on the Liberia Press Union, the National Fire Service and international partners to investigate the fire amid suspicion of a deliberate attack.
“We are with Radio Kintoma one of the relay stations of our Forest Hour Radio program.”
Additionally, the Momo Cyrus campaign team released a statement on the Radio Kintoma fire.
The statement read: “Mr. Momo Cyrus is deeply saddened by reports of a fire at Radio Kintoma, which occurred at around 4am today, which has significantly impaired the structural integrity of the building housing the station and destroy all broadcast equipment and everything in it. ”
“We all remember the very important role the station has played in the development and reconciliation of our country over the years and deeply regret that such a disaster could come to test our collective resolve at this crucial time.”
“We have spoken with station management and offered our statement of solidarity support and will remain directly engaged with them as they embark on the rebuild.”
“In the meantime, we urge our state and local authorities to launch a prompt and thorough investigation into the incident to establish the exact cause of the fire and the circumstances surrounding the incident. This investigation will be important in ensuring accountability and the implementation of stronger mechanisms to detect and prevent such events.
“Together, we will certainly emerge stronger from these ruins.”
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