Zambian Journalist Exposes Network for Non-Payment Live On Air

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A Zambian journalist went viral after he exposed his employers for allegedly not paying him live on air.

During his new broadcast on Zambia’s KBN TV, Kalimina Kabinda told viewers — “away from the news, ladies and gentlemen, we are human beings. We have to get paid.”

Yes I did that on live TV, just because most journalists are scared to speak out doesn't mean journalists shouldn't speak out

Posted by Kabinda Kalimina on Saturday, June 19, 2021

“Unfortunately, on KBN we haven’t been paid,” Kabinda said, adding that his colleagues have also gone without pay: “Everyone else haven’t been paid, including myself. We have to get paid.”

The clip cuts away shortly after.

Following the airing, the journalist was anything but apologetic.

“Yes I did that on live TV, just because most journalists are scared to speak out doesn’t mean journalists shouldn’t speak out,” Kabinda captioned the clip, which was shared to Facebook.

While many lauded Kabinda for his bravery, the network issued a statement condemning his actions.

“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 last night,” CEO Kennedy K. Mambwe wrote on Facebook.

Kbn TV Press Statement..

Posted by KBN TV on Sunday, June 20, 2021

“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,” Mambwe continued. “Therefore, last night’s behaviour by Kabinda Kalimina is out of character and does not represent who we are as a station.”

Kabinda denies that he was drunk during his bold broadcast, following up with a list of his work obligations that day to show that he was simply too busy to party.

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