LAROMA denies inciting locals to protest, demands reopening of radio unity

LAROMA's press statement on current affairs in Lango sub-region.

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Lira – Proprietors and Managers of Radio stations in Lango sub-region under their loose umbrella body, Lango Radio Owners and Managers Association (LAROMA) on Thursday issued a statement for the first time after a battle line was drawn between security officers and the media houses.

LAROMA in its press briefing held in Lira town, following the edgy situation in Lango districts of Kole and Lira – stemming from the mysterious death of 11 year old boy in Kole, and the eventual closure of 97.7 Fm Radio Unity, issued key demands.

Vehemently, LAROMA denies any wrongdoing through allegation it incited community to protest against Indian traders in the sub-region.

The meeting chaired by former Dokolo district LC5 chairman John Baptist Okello Okello who is also the proprietor of Dokolo Fm in Dokolo district – came out with key resolutions among them meeting the district leadership and the security managers to forge a way forward on how to restore sanity in Lira town.

The Radio owners, while appealing for calm from the community condemned acts of violence and hate speeches against Indian nationals as nearly exhibited last Saturday when some locals targeted Indian businesses – forcing police to fire live bullets and teargas.

“We also appeal to the general community but most especially the Asian community to have trust in us because we are committed to doing business with everyone and also to avail platform for information sharing without any segregation as usual,” LAROMA statements reads in part.

The media managers have said they are not in support of any tribal, racial undertones and any xenophobic tendencies targeting Asian nationals, adding that: “Lira is cosmopolitan in nature and the world as a global village today calls for mutual co-existence and embracing unity in diversity.”

Among radio proprietors and managers attended the presser included; Ken Okello, the Chief Executive Officer, Radio Qfm 94.3 Lira, Charles Dickens Elem, the Director Radio North in Dokolo town, Dr. Leslie Ojom Nek, the Human Resource and Administration Manager at Qfm (Gen. Secretary LAROMA) and Sam Atul, a Director of Radio Unity Fm, among others.

The above, in unison, said they would appeal to the security mangers to consider reopening Radio Unity when they meet.

“LAROMA is also praying for a dialogue over the same with the district security managers to allow the re-opening of Radio Unity whose proprietors have already suffered immense loses in advertisement revenue, with other clients threatening legal action on the already vulnerable radio station for since their adverts are not being aired while some are threatening to pull away,” their statement reads.

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