Kenya Deports Singer Kofi Olomide, Gender Ministry Demands Visa Permanent Revoked

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Congolese musician Koffi Olomide has been deported to Kinshasa, DR Congo following his Friday morning altercation at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

Olomide was filmed attacking one of his female dancers at the airport – an incident that lead to his arrest at Royal Media Services following a live TV interview where he denied assaulting his dancer.

Olomide was expected to headline a mega show at the Bomas of Kenya on Saturday.

Kenya Youth and Gender Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki described 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.
Watch Clips in Citizen TV Report and Interview with Kofi Olomide

Kenyans on Twitter have even started a hash tag #ArrestKofiOlomide in response to the video.

Police at the airport however; say there is no complaint lodged against him, even though that is not an excuse for not taking action against him.

With Files from: Capital Fm, Citizen tv