Koffi Olomide case: Zambia cancels gig after ‘assault’

Koffi Olomide case: Zambia cancels gig after ‘assault’

Zambia has cancelled a planned concert by one of Africa’s biggest musicians, Koffi Olomide, in a row over an alleged assault in Kenya on one of his dancers.

It follows the Congolese rumba star’s deportation after footage of him kicking a woman in front of police and camera crews was aired on local media.

The footage of Friday’s incident at Nairobi’s international airport sparked outrage on social media.

Olomide denied assaulting anyone in an interview with the BBC.

However, he has since apologised for his behaviour in a post on his official Facebook page.

Kenyan authorities deported Olomide, 60, and three of his dancers on Saturday to the Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital Kinshasa, following a public outcry over the incident.

Speaking to BBC Afrique on Friday, he denied kicking anyone and said he had tried to “stop” a “girl who wanted to fight the dancers I came with”.

The video shown on Kenya’s KTN News shows police intervening to stop the apparent attack on the woman.

Kenyan Youth and Gender Minister Sicily Kariuki had called for the singer’s deportation.

“His conduct was an insult to Kenyans and our constitution,” she said. “Violence against women and girls cannot be accepted in any shape, form or manner.”

The star has been in similar trouble in the past:

  • In 2012 he was convicted in DR Congo of assaulting his producer and received a three-month suspended prison sentence
  • In 2008 he was accused of kicking a cameraman from DR Congo’s private RTGA television station and breaking his camera at a concert in Kinshasa but a reconciliation was later brokered.

Source: BBC