Soukous singer Koffi Olomide has been in the media lately for all the wrong reasons, since a video which showed him kicking a lady in the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport Nairobi some days ago, surfaced on the internet.
The act stirred a lot of public criticism that led to the arrest and deportation of the singer to Kinshasa in his country Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
It would seem his own country is upset over the violent act perpetrated by Olomide as he was reportedly arrested by the Congo police in his home over the incident in Nairobi, Kenya.
Having the singer arrested in his home country came as a shock to everyone including Olomide himself. He was allegedly arrested without even being fully dressed. It is being reported that Olomide will serve an 18-month sentence for assault.
The arrest comes a day after a concert which was meant to be held in Zambia was cancelled due to the assault committed by the singer.
Different views on Olomide’s arrest could be seen on social media. While some thought it was a good decision by the Congolese police and a step at ending violence on women, others thought the forces were overdoing it.
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Some other social media users are finding the humor in it all and making skits and memes about the African Rhumba musician.
— James Smart (@jamessmat) July 23, 2016
— Kennedy Nari N Rwema (@Kenrw80) July 27, 2016
Some other users, however, thought it was hypocritical of both the Kenyan and DRC government to carry out such an action against Olomide, while there are people in government who are alleged perpetrators of Gender-based violence.
“If KoffiOlomide was a Kenyan politician he would be free today.His homecoming party would have been broadcasted live,” user, @bonifacemwangi said referring to the case of William Ruto and the International Criminal Court.