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Congo rumba star Koffi Olomide arrested in kicking controversy

Koffi Olomide was thrown out of Kenya after being filmed the day before, kicking out and lunging at one of his dancers/AFP-File

Koffi Olomide was thrown out of Kenya after being filmed the day before, kicking out and lunging at one of his dancers/AFP-File

KINSHASA, DR Congo, Jul 26 – Star Congolese rumba singer Koffi Olomide, who was expelled from Kenya at the weekend after allegedly kicking one of his dancers, was arrested Tuesday at his home in Kinshasa, police said.

The city’s police chief, General Celestin Kanyama, told AFP he had been arrested early in the morning on “a warrant from the prosecutor who wants to interrogate him”.

Neither Kanyama nor judicial sources explained why prosecutors sought his arrest.

The 60-year-old entertainer, who has recorded 26 albums, was thrown out of Kenya on Saturday where he was due to stage a concert after being filmed on arrival in Nairobi the day before, kicking out and lunging at one of his dancers.

Video footage of the incident has since gone viral.

His lawyer later said he was in fact trying to step in to resolve a dispute between his dancers and that his foot had slipped.

Zambia subsequently cancelled a concert he was due to give in Lusaka.

A Congolese parliamentarian, Zacharie Bababaswe, had filed a complaint against the singer “because it is inadmissible that after this barbaric act against a woman Koffi Olomide be welcomed (in Kinshasa)… like a VIP.”

In August 2012, Koffi Olomide was handed a three-month suspended prison sentence for assaulting his producer.

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