Koffi Olominde not welcome here, Zambia says

DR Congo musician Koffi Olomide. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Zambian authorities on July 24, 2016 cancelled a performance by Congolese Rhumba star Koffi Olomide.

The Congolese musician was deported from Kenya on Saturday after kicking a woman at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.

The artiste was scheduled to perform at the Zambia’s annual Agriculture and Commercial Show to be held at the end of July in the capital Lusaka.

"Following the reported unfortunate incidence in Kenya concerning Koffi Olomide, the Agricultural and Commercial Society of Zambia has decided to cancel his performances during this year’s Show,” the organisers said.

The statement was issued by the president of the Agricultural and Commercial Show Society of Zambia, Ben Shoko, following a social media petition.

In 2014, Zambia police reneged on a decision to arrest Koffi Olominde following an alleged assault.

He was alleged to have assaulted a freelance journalist at the upmarket Taj Pamodzi Hotel during one of his shows.

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