Zambia Tv Presenter Kabinda Kalimina caused a stir during the KBN TV news programme on Saturday night when he said staff had not received their wages and insisted they ‘must be paid’.
Mr Kalimina had started the show as normal and was giving a roundup of the top stories when he suddenly stopped to make the complaint live on-air.
Speaking to the camera, he said: ‘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.’ Mr Kalimina was then cut off by the station and the producers quickly began the opening trailer again.
The presenter has been condemned by KBN TV who described Mr Kalimina’s actions as a ‘One-Night stunt of Fame’ as they urged members to treat the interruption with ‘the contempt it deserves.
The TV station said Mr Kalimina had exhibited ‘drunken behaviour’ and said they would investigate how a ‘drunken part-time presenter found himself on air unabated’.
But Mr Kalimina has since refuted their claims that he was drunk and questioned how he could have been under the influence when he had presented three other shows before the news bulletin.
He shared the now viral video to his Facebook page and said: ‘Yes I did that on live TV, just because most journalists are scared to speak out doesn’t mean journalists shouldn’t speak out.’