A video of a Zambian news presenter demanding his paycheck on live television has gone viral.
On KBN TV News (Kenmark Broadcasting Network), the anchor was reading out the top news stories when he made a sudden and unexpected claim on camera.
Kabinda Kalimina interrupted the live news broadcast and said, “Away from the news, ladies, and gentleman, we are human beings. We have to get paid.”
He continued, “Unfortunately, on KBN we haven’t been paid… Sharon and everyone else hasn’t been paid, including myself. We have to get paid,” he added while referencing his colleagues.
“We are human beings, ladies and gentlemen, away from the news. We must be compensated. We haven’t been paid at KBN, unfortunately,” he said.
It was termed as “drunken behaviour” and a “one-night stunt of fame” by the news channel.
Kalimina has since refuted their claims that he was drunk and questioned how he could have been under the influence when he had presented earlier shows.
Kennedy K Mambwe, the CEO of KBN TV, released a statement on the channel’s Facebook page admonishing Kalimina’s actions.
The anchor, however, has denied being drunk during the show.
“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 wrote on Facebook.
This news made many sad on Twitter who voiced their support for the journalist and criticised the news channel.
Here’s how people reacted to the viral video. Have a look