Congolese music star Koffi Olomide has been slapped with an 18-month jail term without the option of a fine by a Kinshasa court for assaulting one of his dancers in Nairobi.
Olomide’s jailing deepened the singer’s free fall that started when he kicked a woman in his band at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi last Friday.
Olomide was deported alongside three of his female dancers.
Police arrived at his residence in a continuation of perhaps the worst run in Olomide’s fortunes, a painful price to pay for his moment of madness in Nairobi.
PUNISHED FOR ASSAULT
According to reports from Kinshasa, a campaign to have him arrested was started by Congressman Zakarie Bababaswe, who had filed a petition on behalf of the Congolese public to get the musician punished for assault.
Mr Bababaswe had in a televised press conference wondered why Olomide was “still walking scot-free and yet there was video evidence that he assaulted his dancer in Kenya?”
Incidentally, the congressman and Olomide used to be good friends until they fell out after the musician and Cindy Le Coeur, his lead singer, were accused of belittling him in their songs.
His arrest, which was ordered by the attorney-general, has been received with jubilation by locals and foreigners, who feel justice must be done for all, and especially in enforcing women’s rights.
Since video footage of the incident, in which one of Africa’s leading musicians lashed out with a “Kung Fu kick” at one of his dancers, came to light, Olomide has suffered a huge setback in a career the mercurial singer, composer and band leader has diligently nurtured for several decades.