Congolese music star Koffi Olomide has been slapped with a 18-month jail term by a Kinshasa court without the option of a fine for assaulting one of his dancers in Nairobi.
The jailing of the Congolese musician deepened the free fall in his long career that started with the kicking of one of his dancers at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi last Friday.
Mr Olomide was deported alongside three of his female dancers.
In Zambia, his shows set for this weekend had to be cancelled by the Agriculture Show Society after Zambians took to social media and called for his ban.
Police arrived at his residence in a continuation of perhaps the worst run in Mr Olomide’s fortunes, a painful price to pay for his moment of madness in Nairobi.
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 have the musician punished for assault.
Mr Bababaswe had in a televised press conference wondered why Mr Olomide was “still walking scot free and yet there was video evidence that he assaulted his dancer in Kenya?”
Incidentally, the congressman and Mr 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 through 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 to all, and especially in enforcing women’s rights.
Since the 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, Mr Olomide has suffered a huge setback in a career the otherwise mercurial singer, composer and band leader has diligently nurtured for several decades.
[With additional reporting by Daily Nation-Kenya]