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Koffi Olomide arrested, faces deportation from Kenya over assault claims

23 July 2016, 09:11

Nairobi - Police are holding Congolese musician Koffi Olomide after he allegedly assaulted a female member of his band at the airport in the capital.

Local television station showed Olomide's arrest late Friday as he left a television station where he was being interviewed.

He had been interviewed at the Royal Media Services, home of the popular Citizen TV station.

In the interview with Citizen TV, Olomide denied assaulting anyone and said he respects women.

Kenyan police chief Joseph Boinnet said he ordered the arrest of Olomide after he was filmed assaulting a woman

Kenyans who saw footage of the incident on social media called for the arrest of Olomide, a popular musician in his native Congo who is in Kenya for a performance this weekend.

A Twitter hashtag #deportKoffiOlomide trended for most of the day with Kenyans seeking justice.

In a statement, Youth and Gender cabinet secretary Sicily Kariuki noted that Koffi should be deported and his visa permanently revoked.

"His conduct was an insult to Kenyans and our constitution. Violence against women and girls cannot be accepted in any shape, form or manner. It is a blatant violation of their human rights." Sicily said.  

It remains to be seen whether his scheduled show will go on as planned.

- AP


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