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Congolese singer Koffi Olomide arrested in Nairobi for assaulting woman

Congolese singer Koffi Olomide arrested in Nairobi for assaulting woman

Kenya

Famous Congolese singer Koffi Olomide has been arrested on Friday night in Kenya’s capital Nairobi after he was caught on camera in the afternoon kicking one of his dancers on arrival at the airport.

The 59-year-old singer, who was scheduled to hold a concert in Nairobi, was arrested in front of television cameras outside the premises of a television station where he was granting an interview.

On an amateur video widely circulating with a lot of comments on social media networks in Kenya, the singer is seen just outside one of the terminals of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi attacking one of his dancers.

He kicked her in the stomach as she tried to block his leg with her hands in the clear view of two Kenyan policemen, prompting one to intervene.

In the evening, the National Commission on Gender and Equality issued a statement calling on the Inspector General of the Kenyan police to investigate the issue immediately.

The singer was taken to the airport police station and awaits charges, a police source told AFP.

In August 2012, the singer was slapped with a three months suspended prison sentence in Kinshasa for assaulting his producer.