Olo­mide’s Zam­bia gig can­celled af­ter ‘as­sault’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Entertainment -

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

Kenyan au­thor­i­ties de­ported the Con­golese Rhumba star on Satur­day af­ter video footage of him ap­pear­ing to kick one of his fe­male dancers went vi­ral.

Koffi Olo­mide was sched­uled to per­form at this year’s 90th Show at the Zam­bia’s Agricultural and Com­mer­cial So­ci­ety.

The pres­i­dent of the man­age­ment Com­mit­tee Ben Shoko said on Sun­day that the can­cel­la­tion fol­lows the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent at Kenya’s Air­port.

Olo­mide has de­nied as­sault, though he has since apol­o­gised for his be­hav­iour.

In a post on his of­fi­cial Face­book page on Sun­day, the singer apol­o­gised to his fans, es­pe­cially “women and chil­dren” ask­ing for for­give­ness.

“I pro­foundly re­gret what hap­pened . . . it was a mo­ment of mad­ness,” Olo­mide told Con­golese na­tional broad­caster RTNC, in an in­ter­view at­tached to the same Face­book post.

The star apol­o­gised di­rectly to the peo­ple of the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo who may have felt “dis­hon­oured by this be­hav­iour”. The footage of Fri­day’s in­ci­dent at Nairobi’s in­ter­na­tional air­port sparked out­rage on so­cial me­dia. Kenyan au­thor­i­ties de­ported Olo­mide, 60, and three of his dancers on Satur­day to DR 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 as in 2012 he was con­victed in DR Congo of as­sault­ing his pro­ducer and re­ceived a three­month 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 rec­on­cil­i­a­tion was later bro­kered. - BBC Africa/The Star Kenya

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