NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 23 – Congolese singer Koffi Olomide has been deported back to his country after he allegedly assaulted one of his female dancers.
Olomide who was scheduled for a concert on Saturday at the Bomas of Kenya was captured on a video kicking one of his female dancers causing uproar on social media leading to his arrest on Friday night.
In the video that has gone viral on social media, Olomide is seen kicking the dancer in the presence of police officers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) on his arrival.
His lawyer George Wajackoyah who confirmed the deportation however questioned the move saying there was no complainant.
“He has been deported. His plane is still on the runway. The police didn’t proffer any charges against him because there was no complainant. So they decided to whisk him away,” he said.
“I will be talking to my client later to see what action he is going to take for this inhuman treatment.”
Earlier, Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki had called for his deportation describing his conduct as an insult to Kenyans and the Constitution and stated that violence against women and girls cannot be accepted in any shape, form or manner.
“Today Kenyans witnessed with dismay an assault incident at the JKIA by renowned artist Koffi Olomide against one of his female dancers. His conduct is an insult to Kenyans and flies in the face of our Constitution and what we believe in,” he said.
Kariuki commended the move to arrest him saying that it will serve as a lesson that gender based violence will not be tolerated.
“We hope that this action will be a lesson to him and others of his ilk that gender based violence will not be tolerated and all who engage in such archaic behaviour will face the full force of the law regardless of their economic stature or social standing,” she stated.
She reiterated that anybody who engages in such behaviour will face the full force of the law regardless of their economic stature or social standing.
“Violence against women and girls cannot be accepted in any shape, form or manner,” she said.
Kenyans took on social media on Saturday to express their dismay on Koffi Olomide’s assault on his dancer.
Majority of Kenyans condemned the vice urging for the show that was supposed to be held on Saturday cancelled.
They applauded the Kenya police officers for arresting the renowned musician.