A section of journalists working for the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) has sent out a cry for help over delayed dues.
Speaking out to this site’s Chief Editor Cyprian Nyakundi, the team of correspondents says they have gone unpaid for over six (6) months and have sunk into massive debts.
They claim that some greedy and corrupt managers at the state-owned broadcaster have been siphoning funds meant to settle their salaries to rogue money-lending firms with the intent of gaining interest before wiring them back to the company’s accounts.
This ultimately results in massive delays that are hurting correspondents on the ground.
Recently, one of them wrote to the newly appointed Principal Secretary (PS) in the State Department for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Prof Edward Edward Kisiang’ani, pleading with him to urgently look into the situation.
Here is what he had to say in the widely circulated letter.
“Good evening Professor, PS Kisiangani.
It has been a long time not seeing.
The reason for me to write this post is to let know that as KBC Correspondents, we are suffering greatly, and we are in distress and others in depression over what we term delayed salaries for the last 6 months.
We are fathers and mothers who put food on the table and take care of our going school children and others in College, but we cannot afford it now due to the situation we’re going through.
Prof, I recall you were invited to the Broadcasting house and you categorically said that as Accounting Authority you’ll make sure the affairs of KBC are well looked at.
Now I am requesting you humbly bwana PS.
Life to us is unbearable and if not looked at, we are going for Christmas without money.
Our kids will not enjoy themselves with other kids in the village, since we cannot afford to go upcountry.
Regards KBC Correspondent,” the letter says.