Hours after touching down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, feted Congolese maestro Koffi Olomide is topping Kenya’s Twitter trends – and this time the notoriety has nothing to do with his musical prowess.
Olomide, who is in the country for a series of weekend shows, made news when he was captured on camera assaulting one of his female dancers.
In the video, which has now gone viral, the singer is filmed kicking the lady at the airport.
Officers stepped in, halting the altercation.
Moments later, a seemingly unshaken Olomide addresses journalists, hyping up his show.
“[I will stage] the best…the greatest show; you know me! I am back in Kenya; we love Kenya. Tomorrow [I will be performing at] the Bomas of Kenya. Ekotite!” he said.
Livid, Kenyans have taken to social media to protest the violence, with many calling on fans to boycott the much-anticipated shows.
Kenyans should boycott Koffi Olomide's concert.This kind of violence is just sick.He should b flown back asap even if its with a cargo plane
— Kenipedia (@K_Antikaryote) July 22, 2016
The fact that officers let Koffi Olomide walk out of the airport after watching that incident is appalling!#deportkoffiolomide!
— Emma Nyabera (@emmanyabera) July 22, 2016
Others asked for the arrest, prosecution and deportation of the Selfie singer.
This shameless Koffi Olomide should be deported immediately.
— MoneyBoy™ (@wilson_smarti) July 22, 2016
Assaulted for falling out with Olomide’s beau
According to sources, Olomide attacked the woman because she fell out with his alleged lover Cindy Le Couer.
Golden-voiced Le Couer is a member of the Congolese band Quartier Latin International – a soukous band from the Democratic Republic of the Congo established in 1986 by musician Koffi Olomide.
Though Olomide’s management is yet to release an official statement on the altercation, sources close to the singer indicate that he may issue a public apology later in the day.
The singer is scheduled to feature on Citizen TV’s late night entertainment show, 10 Over 10 where he is expected to answer to tough questions about the incident.
A History of Violence?
In 2012, Olomide was given a three-month suspended prison sentence for assaulting his producer, Diego Lubaki, in Kinsasha, Congo.
In the same year, AFP reported that a French judge had charged the singer with rape.
“A French judge has charged Congolese music star Koffi Olomide with three counts of rape and illegal confinement after complaints from three of his former backup dancers,” read the report.
Olomide denied the claims, saying they were “empty and hollow. There is no material evidence and the statements of the three women who accuse him of rape contain numerous contradictions.”
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