Koffi Olomide might have just landed himself and his career in trouble after his concert in Zambia got cancelled due to his physical assault case in Kenya, Friday (July, 22).
The organizers of the Zambia event through the office of the The Agriculture and Commercial society of Zambia said its decision to pull Olomide out of the concert stemmed from the “disappointing” incident where a video recording captured the singer kicking one of his dancers identified as Pamela.
Kenyan Youth and Gender Minister Sicily Kariuki had called for the singer’s deportation.
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.”
Following a public outcry after the video went viral, the 60-year-old performer was deported from Kenya to DRC’s capital, Kinshasa, on Saturday along with his dancers and members of his team.
In an unexpected turn of events, the dancer who was caught getting attacked on camera said Olomide did not attack her. Rather, he was defending her from another woman.
She said, “Dear fans of Koffi Olomide, I would like to tell you that Koffi did not attack me, it was a girl at the airport that was threatening me and Koffi came to defend me. Koffi can never beat us in public, and we all know that Koffi loves his dancers and he can never do something like that.”
Watch Koffi Olomide’s assault
Koffi Olomide’s case would have been manageable if he didn’t have a violent streak.
In 2008, Koffi was accused of being violent with a cameraman from DR Congo’s private RTGA television station whom he kicked and broke his camera at a concert in the capital, Kinshasa, following disagreement over recording rights.
He also faced charges in 2012 for assaulting his producer and received a three-month suspended prison sentence in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Maybe the continent will find a place in her heart to forgive him because if every country should pull out of his concerts, he might as well just retire.
We hope it doesn’t get to that.