Kenya Deports Koffi Olomide After Assaulting A Dancer

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Koffi Olomide from DR Congo and dancers of the Quarter Latin group, perform 30 April 2005 at the Iba Mar Diop stadium in Dakar

Kenyan authorities deported the Congolese rumba star on Saturday after video footage of him appearing to kick one of his female dancers went viral.The Agriculture and Commercial society of Zambia said the “disappointing” incident was behind its decision.Olomide has denied assault, though he has since apologised for his behaviour.

In a post on his official Facebook page on Sunday, the singer apologised to his fans, especially “women and children”, asking for forgiveness.

“I profoundly regret what happened… it was a moment of madness,”

The star apologised directly to the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo who may have felt “dishonoured by this behaviour”.The footage of Friday’s incident at Nairobi’s international airport sparked outrage on social media.Kenyan authorities deported Olomide, 60, and three of his dancers on Saturday to DR Congo’s capital Kinshasa, following a public outcry over the incident.

Kenyan Youth and Gender Minister Sicily Kariuki had called for the singer’s deportation.”His conduct was an insult to Kenyans and our constitution,” she said. “Violence against women and girls cannot be accepted in any shape, form or manner.”

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