One of Africa’s biggest musicians, Koffi Olomide was deported from Kenya on Saturday following a violent incident that saw the Congolese kicking a woman alleged to be one of his backup dancers.
The incident which occurred at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport in Nairobi was caught live on camera causing an outburst of outrage from the public, especially social media users.
It was particularly broadcasted on KTN news which showed the police intervening in Olomide’s assault on the woman.
Olomide had arrived in Nairobi with his Quartier Latin International Band for a concert at the Bomas of Kenya Main Hall on Saturday.
He was deported to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo a few hours after he had arrived in Kenya for the musical concert. The star, however, denied committing the assault. He told the BBC that he had tried to stop a “girl who wanted to fight the dancers I came with”.
Kenyan minister for Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki, said:
“His conduct was an insult to Kenyans and our constitution,violence against women and girls cannot be accepted in any shape, form or manner. It is a blatant violation of their human rights.”
She also added that he should be deported and have his visa permanently revoked.
Koffi Olomide has in time past been accused of similar allegations of perpetrating violence including alleged rape, slapping a journalist, and so on.
The concert which was sold-out has cost the promoter about 5 million Kenyan shillings (about 50,000 US dollars) due to Koffi Olomide’s rash action.