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KBN RESPONDS TO DRUNKEN PRESENTER’S LIVE RANT OVER DELAYED SALARIES

Lusaka ~ Sun, 20 Jun 2021

By Brightwell Chabusha

KBN TV says it is appalled with the drunken behaviour of its part time presenter Kabinda Kalimina who started talking about salaries during the main news bulletin last night.

After his live protest about alleged delayed salaries, Mr Kalimina went live on his Facebook page where he insulted the television station’s owner Kennedy Mambwe but deleted it minutes later.

In a statement issued today, Mr Mambwe, KBN TV chief executive officer, stated that the TV just like any other institution has a very well-established grievance procedures for all members of staff through which they channel complaints.

“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 any other institution, has very well-established grievance procedures for all members of staff through which they can channel their complaints,” Mr Mambwe stated.

He stated that management was investigating the matter.

“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,” Mr Mambwe stated.

3 Comments

  1. LadyGwen

    In as much as I can’t support the broadcaster’s actions as to have exhausted all avenues to lodge complaint and as such his style of protest I can’t say was professionally acceptable. I would also point put that it is uncalled for to hear a station that in their own statement said is doing well to be owing staff their hard earned money.

    Many media owners are fond of running stations with their staff sweat and blood forgetting that this people are equally humans and have families depending on them.

    In the statement issued out here , the handlers of this crisis have acted foolishly to not address the matter rather termed the broadcaster as drink. This is wrong way of resolving a crisis.

    Neither have they denied it anyway but gloss over the allegation.
    Yes the man will take the hit for doing the extreme but people should have conscience and do right

  2. Nicholas Tselepis

    Very telling KBN news attacked the speaker instead of denying his claims. If a company misses payroll they can’t expect their employees to work. Period.

  3. Ken

    This story was pro-KBN. The journalist seemed more interest in the anchor’s action by painting it as disgraceful – through using the words of the owner. Further, the journalist did not report on the elephant in the room: the employees not being paid.

    The owner made unsubstantiated claims that the anchor was drunk. And even if he was, here in the USA, it is illegal and unbecoming of an employer to release such sensitive and private information about an employee. The owner handled this situation completely bad. He made an already complicated situation much worse.

    Major shout out to the anchor for protesting and standing by what is right. If you work, you deserve to be paid for the services rendered. Continue fighting for what’s right in life!

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