Congolese musician Koffi Olomide has been deported from Kenya on Saturday morning after he spent the night in a Nairobi jail. He was arrested on the instructions of Kenya’s Inspector General of Police. (IGP)
A video of the supposed assault which warranted his deportation had gone viral on social media and the call for his arrest started on social media before the relevant ministry also added its voice to the calls.
We further recommend that his Kenyan visa be permanently revoked under section 35 (4) of the Kenyan Citizenship and Immigration Act on account of his actions which are contrary to our laws.
Twitter users in the east African country have since been celebrating the decision to deport Olomide less than 24 hours after he allegedly assaulted a female dancer who Olomide claims he was defending from an unknown adversary.
1. The Kenyan Government has done a great thing by deporting Kofi Olomide . Kenya doesnt support violence on anybody #KoffiOlomideDeported— Cyprian, Is Nyakundi (@C_NyaKundiH) July 23, 2016
Kenya arrests & deports Kofi Olomide for physical violence on one of his female dancers at Airport. Good job Kenya! https://t.co/zNgOad5U0Q— Ayo Shonaiya (@AyoShonaiya) July 23, 2016
Glad action was taken against Koffi Olomide for hitting his dancer in the stomach at the airport in Kenya. He was arrested & deported.— The Blark Experience (@olgablark) July 23, 2016
Someone should deal with corruption the way Koffi Olomide was dealt with,within 24hrs Kenya will be clean #KoffiOlomideArrested— AGGREY L MUYILA (@aggrey2015) July 23, 2016
Koffi Olomide is a household name In Kenya. But after watching him kick his dancer— Linda Kavuka (Duzzzle) July 23, 2016
JKIAKenyans made sure his event is cancelled!
Le Grand mopao should know in Kenya we respect women .#koffi_olomide Kenya doesn't condone gender based violence— mutiso. (@mutisohemanuel) July 23, 2016
Whiles others took the gender abuse angle in their critique of Olomide’s actions, there were others who took the lighter aspect of it by mocking the musician and the circumstances surrounding his deportation.
Ngojeeni Sasa, Kofi Olomide is going to compose another Song about Kenya .— Josphat koech (@Giftedzoom) July 23, 2016
🎶 🎶 🎻 🎸 🎸 🎸 🎼 🎺🎸🎶🎷🎵🎤🎧📼📀
Okay, strange things are coming in and going out of Kenya ie Chinku fish, Iranian cement, Somali charcoal, Ugandan Sugar, Koffi Olomide etc— Nostradamus (@TeacherWanjiku) July 23, 2016
Kenya deports musician Koffi Olomide after allegedly assaulting one of his female band member.— Sure Kamhunga (@SureKamhunga) July 23, 2016
Olomide risks ban from Kenya
Local media reports that authorities have further hinted that Olomide runs the risk of a perpetual ban from the country after his arrest and subsequent deportation to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs in a statement released after the attack on Friday whiles calling for his deportation also asked that Olomide’s Kenyan visa be permanently revoked.
‘‘We further recommend that his Kenyan visa be permanently revoked under section 35 (4) of the Kenyan Citizenship and Immigration Act on account of his actions which are contrary to our laws and his subsequent utterances that portray Kenya in a bad light. Kenya does not condone dehumanizing acts against women,’‘ it said.