Video shows musician Koffi Olomide assaulting woman at JKIA

Friday July 22 2016

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A video showing Koffi Olomide, one of Africa’s most popular musicians, physically assaulting a woman at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport has gone viral.

The Congolese musician is seen kicking the woman, said to be a performer with his Quartier Latin band, in the presence of other passengers and the police after arriving at the airport.

Mr Olomide is in the country for a performance this weekend.

Despite the act of violence, the police did not arrest the musician, popularly known as Grand Mopao or Mopao Mokonzi, and so far have not issued any statement.

According to the band members, Mr Olomide overreacted after he was informed that the unidentified dancer had slapped his lover, Cindy, after a disagreement. Cindy is the CEO of the band.

The musician has a history of being involved in scuffles, especially with women. He was almost jailed in Zimbabwe for beating a fan.

In 2012, he was given a three-month suspended prison sentence for assaulting his producer, Diego Lubaki, over a debt.

Mr Olomide plays a kind of music known as "soukous", in which dancers show aggressive erotic moves, and his music has been banned in some countries because of the raunchy performances.

(Editing by Beatrice Obwocha)