Former NTV reporter Lolani Kalu has clarified that he retired and was not fired as reports making rounds on social media platforms claimed.
In an interview with Radio Jambo’s Massawe Japanni, Kalu disclosed when he decided to retire from the media industry three years ago after working for the station for 17 years, he did it peacefully and he had money at the time.
“Masaibu huwapata waja, mimi nilipotoka nilistaafu vizuri, kwanza kuna watu wengine waliandika kuwa nilifutwa kazi, sikufutwa kazi miye, na kwamba sikupata pesa, nilipata na sikuwa na wasiwasi wowote miye,” said Kalu.
Explaining that he is still is in good terms with the NTV management, he disclosed that he started his career when he was in his early twenties at KBC which at the time was known as VOK.
He added that he never studied journalism but it was his gift that got him to where he reached.
“Mimi nilifanya kazi mpaka nikafika umri wa kustaafu, manake nilianza kuzungumza kwenye microphone nikiwa na miaka ishirini, na nilianza kazi pale VOK wakati huo haijawa KBC. Mimi sikuenda shule kusomea uwanahabari, maana mwenyezi mungu amenijaalia vipaji vingi sana… Nation Media Group nimefanya naona mika kumi na saba. Sisi ndio tulikuwa katika watu wa kwanza kuanzisha hicho kitu,mpaka majina ya vipindi vya mwanzo mwanzo,” he added.
Kalu made the clarification after a section of Kenyans claimed that he was fired by NTV at a time the station was cutting down its operations.
Kalu revealed that his problems started after he retired and his father fell sick and had to use part of savings to take care of his medical bill for a whole year.
He added that someone he entrusted as his friend conned him after he contracted him to construct a house for him in Kamulu, but the project never materialized, with his money disappearing in thin air.
Since his story broke out, Kenyans have gone on to contribute whatever amount of money they can spare to help him get on his feet.