Congolese Rhumba star Koffi Olomide faces arrest in Zambia

Lusaka, Zambia (PANA) – Zambian promoters of the show hosting popular Congolese Rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide have vowed to go ahead with his planned shows in Zambia despite the warning of the government that he will be arrested upon arrival.

Koffi’s shows have been planned for 27-28 July 28 in Lusaka and Copperbelt province respectively.

The state-run Times of Zambia reported on Tuesday that Eastpoint Limited proprietor Tony Likai said that Koffi’s shows will go ahead as scheduled since the National Arts Council (NAC) granted the promoter clearance certificate.

This is, however, in an apparent defiance of government’s call by National Guidance and Religious Affairs Minister Godfridah Sumaili and also French Ambassador to Zambia Sylvain Berger for the arrest of Koffi for allegedly committing numerous crimes.

Sumaili said this week that the artist would not be allowed to enter the country as he was facing a number of allegations in France.

“Yes, the shows will go on. We have invested a lot of money, huge sums of money, in this event, so for us to lose the shows wouldn’t be a good idea. Moreover, Koffi was cleared to perform in Zambia by the National Arts Council,” Likai said.

Among the alleged allegations against Koffi include sexually assaulting his dancers, kidnapping, employing them in France without permits and facilitating their entry and illegal stay while in that country. He ia also accused of assaulting freelance photojournalist Jean Ndayisenga in Zambia.
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17 july 2018 08:51:32

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