Here is the moment where a Zambian TV anchor interrupted his live news bulletin to complain that he and his colleagues had not been paid.
Presenter Kabinda Kalimina caused a rift when during his KBN TV news program on Saturday night by announcing that staff had not received their wages and insisted they “must be paid.”
While Kalimina originally started the show as normal by giving a roundup of the top stories, he suddenly stopped to complain live on-air.
“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 hasn’t been paid, including myself. We have to get paid.”
Kalimina was then abruptly cut off while producers reran the opening credits. KBN TV have described Kalimina’s actions as a “one-night stunt of fame” and urged members to treat the interruption “with the contempt it deserves.” They went on to say Kalimina had exhibited “drunken behavior” and said an investigation was underway into how a “drunken part-time presenter found himself on air unabated.”
In a statement, KBN TV’s chief executive Kennedy Mambwe stuck to the claims that Kalimina was drunk: “As KBN TV, we are appalled with the drunken behavior 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.”
“Therefore, last night’s behavior by Kabinda Kalimina is out of character and does not represent who we are as a station. We strongly condemn that despicable behavior and urge members of the public to treat that ‘One-Night stunt of Fame’ with the contempt it deserves.”
“As a young television station, we work with a very highly talented and professional team, with a noble character and we owe the success of unbroken broadcasting for the last 2 years to such gallant men and women.
“As management, we are carrying out investigations to determine how a drunken part-time presenter found himself on air unabated, and disciplinary action will be taken against anyone who may have been party to the scheme.”
Kalimina refuted the claims, sharing the now-viral video to his Facebook page. He questioned the drunken allegations saying how could he have been under the influence when he had presented three other shows previous to the news bulletin.
“Yes, I did that on live TV, just because most journalists are scared to speak out doesn’t mean journalists shouldn’t speak out.”
Kalimina also reposted Dominic Kapili, an entertainment minister holding a sign saying, “It is intellectual m*sturbation for KBN TV and Pastor Kennedy Mambwe to say it a one stunt of fame” along with a statement.
“The video is clear, yes that wasn’t the right platform to air out that view but that doesn’t mean he was drunk because if anything he was Nevers of the big move he was about to make.”
“I worked with KBN TV under the supervision of Pastor Kennedy Mambwe (CEO), we went round cycles each week talking of a contract which he never drafted till I was fired for being a PF member. But I suspect it was over an advert I helped do which I showed conflict of interest and told him about it but he wanted a cut and expected me to use company equipment so I could give him some money.”
“I stand as one but I carry voices of other former employees and current employees of KBN TV who have been used.”
Do you believe Kalimina’s claims? Or do you think it was, indeed, a stunt of fame?