The station management of KBN TV in Zambia says their journalist, Kabinda Kalimina, was drunk when he was on air sharing that he and his coworkers have not been paid.
Kalimina says he was perfectly sober and something immediately needed to be done about their pay. KBN TV released a statement: “
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.
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 two years to such gallant men and women.
Members of the public may wish to know that KBN TV like other institutions has very well established grievance procedures for all members of staff through which they cant channel their complaints.
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.
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.”