Former TV Producer Found Languishing in Poverty

  • Kevin Shaban a former TV producer and lecturer in Eldoret
    Kevin Shaban a former TV producer and lecturer in Eldoret
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  • Kenyans woke up to the sad story of a former TV producer whose life has now taken a turn for the worst. 

    Kelvin Shaban trained as a journalist in Moi University and worked in the institution's Kenya Television Service which was closed down in 2018 due to accrued debts.

    Upon graduating, he found a job as a lecturer in one of the colleges in Eldoret Town. 

    Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, that led to closure of learning institutions, he has now been left at the mercy of the streets.

    Kevin Shaban a former TV producer and lecturer in Eldoret
    Kevin Shaban a former TV producer and lecturer in Eldoret
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    Shaban has resorted to carrying luggage for residents in Eldoret Town as his only means of survival.

    He was pictured sitted on top of his trolleys waiting for clients, triggering Kenyans' emotions, who wished him well and prayed for him to find a better job.

    The journalist is among many Kenyans who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.

    Hundreds of reporters have lost their jobs as media houses reported dwindling revenues due to a decline in advertising.

    Nation Media Group, The Standard Group and Mediamax Limited sent home over 300 members of staff months after the virus was first reported in Kenya.

    Teachers too, especially those in private institutions and lecturers in private colleges have not be spared. 

    Frank Lumumba, a lecturer at a local university, told the media that he was forced to sell some of his household items and started looking for construction jobs. 

    "As you can see now, you realise my TV, a 32 inch, is missing. There was a microwave there, there was a fridge there. Now when you look around, they are not there.

    "The house rent itself has become a problem, For the last two weeks, I was doing mjengo (construction work) because you know they are quite available," he explained noting that he had two months' rent arrears. 

    University part-time lecturer Frank Lumumba speaks to journalists on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
    University part-time lecturer Frank Lumumba speaks to journalists on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
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