Kenyans of different walks have condemned the assaulting of a female dancer by soukous and lingala singer Koffi Olomide at the jomo kenyatta international airport. He rose in hanger by beating one of his dancer in front of the security men when he was told that the dancer slapped his wife in an argument
He later appeared on a local television station in DR (Democratic Republic) Congo where he told a interviewer: “I deeply regret what happened. It was a moment of madness.”
Olomide has faced widespread condemnation and outrage since video of the incident which happened at Kenya’s Jomo Kenyatta International airport on Friday surfaced.
Kenyans on Twitter, popularly known as #KOT, immediately called for the arrest and deportation of the singer.
Hours later, the Rhumba maestro was arrested and deported on Saturday morning and his Kenyan visa suspended, a government spokesman confirmed to CNN.
Kenyan interior ministry spokesman Mwenda Njoka said: “He behaved in a manner contrary to what is expected of public figures and what we expect of our visitors. That should serve as an example to other people as well.”
Mwenda added: “He left us with no option, we cannot entertain gender-based violence and stare at it right in front of our eyes.”
Kenyans on social media have widely praised the deportation, with some congratulating the national police and the Ministry of Youth and Gender affairs on the move. Others called for Olomide to be prosecuted in the country.
The singer was due to perform during his third tour of Kenya. A gig he was due to play at in Zambia was also canceled over the incident.
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