Bhubaneswar/Lusaka: A news channel anchor from Zambia created quite a buzz on the internet after interrupting a live news bulletin to claim that he and his colleague have not been paid by the channel.
Kabinda Kalimina, a news presenter for KBN TV in Zambia, accused the channel of not paying its staff their wages.
Kalimina shared a clip of the newscast on Facebook in which he can be seen saying: “Away from the news, ladies and gentleman, we are human beings. We have to get paid.”
“Unfortunately, on KBN we haven’t been paid… Sharon and everyone else haven’t been paid, including myself. We have to get paid,” he added.
Kalimina was cut off midair by the news channel while he made his accusations.
“Yes I did that on live TV, just because most journalists are scared to speak out doesn’t mean journalists shouldn’t speak out,” he said.
KBN TV accused Kalimina of being ‘drunk’ and branded his behavior as ‘despicable’.
KBN TV’s chief executive Kennedy Mambwe issued a statement following the incident which reads: “As KBN TV, we are appalled with the drunken behaviour exhibited through a video clip that has gone viral on social media and staged by one of our part-time presenters during what should have been the main news bulletin.”
“Members of the public may wish to know that KBN TV like any other institution, has very well-established grievance procedures for all members of staff through which they can channel their complaints,” the statement added.
“Therefore, last night’s behaviour by Kabinda Kalimina is out of character and does not represent who we are as a station. We strongly condemn that despicable behaviour and urge members of the public to treat that ‘One-Night stunt of Fame’ with the contempt it deserves,” the statement concluded.