With a mere text message, Capital FM management announced the dumping of its flagship popular programme. Civil Engagement Hour, which airs from betwern 7 and 8 PM on Wednesday, has become popular in The Gambia and beyond. The programme had been running on regular schedule until everything took a nose-dive shortly before Lawyer Ousainou Darboe, the leader of United Democratic Party, was billed to be on air. That programme never took mainly due to executive interference. And to nail the coffin, Capital FM announced the suspension of the programme. In its place was the interlude of music. The anchor of the Civil Engagement, Bakary Fatty, dropped the bombshell announcement on his Facebook page. Find below the message unedited:
I wish to inform you with great regret that my radio show will not be taking place on Capital FM radio till further notice. I received a text massage this morning from Babucarr Njie, who works at the radio station as a senior staff informing me that the payment made by the National Youth Parliament-The Gambia to have the program on air has ended, and while trying to [con]firm it from the Managing Director of the radio, I was equally told that they cannot offer any free air time because it is a commercial radio. It is fair even though I am doing this for national interest, because all parties are given equal opportunity to tell every Gambia within their reach what they wish to offer when elected into office. This is the little that I could do for my country now until if and when given the chance again in the future.
I thank the management of Capital FM for their kind support for the past one year. A special thanks to DJ Busy Yanks for being so helpful during my shows. The biggiest thanks go to my audience who keep me moving with overwhelming confidence and courage in order to have better shows. It wouldn’t have reached the vast audience who constantly follow the program on SoundCloud from five different continents without your support, comments, and shares on social media and beyond. Hey! But guess what, something big is coming though!!!
My sincere apology to Lawyer Ousainou Darboe of the United Democratic Party (UDP) who should be on my today’s edition for understanding the current circumstances of the program. I must also apologise to Prince Bubacarr Aminata Sankanu of CINEKAMBIYA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (CIFF) 2015 who would have been my guest on December 30th, 2015. I hope we will have other areas that we could work together as Gambians. Thank you all.