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Kenya deports Congolese musician Olomide to DRC after night behind bars

Kenya deports Congolese musician Olomide to DRC after night behind bars

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Kenya on Saturday morning deported Congolese musician Koffi Olomide to Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, after he was arrested on Friday night and held behind bars.

Kenya’s police chief, Joseph Boinnet ordered airport police to take action against Olomide after a video went viral on social media showing how he (Olomide) assaulted a female dancer.

Olomide was flown back to his home country on a Kenya Airways flight that left the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) at 11:35am Kenya time. He had spent the night in the JKIA police cell.

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.

With his deportation, Olomide would not be able to perform at a show that was scheduled for Saturday at the Bomas of Kenya.

Despite being caught on camera kicking the dancer, Olomide denied the claim and insisted that he was protecting his crew from an unspecified person who was threatening their security.

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