Koffi Olomide’s tour of Kakamega hangs in the balance

Congolese musician Koffi Olomide’s concert tour of Kakamega hangs in the balance. This is owing to his controversial past conduct while in the country. The musician was to perform during the forthcoming Devolution Conference.

Olomide was deported from Kenya in July 2016 following an incident at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), where he assaulted one of his dancers. There is also dispute between the singer and the Kakamega County which has since denied inviting him.

Earlier on this week, however, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya broke news about Olomide’s planned visit. According to media reports, the governor had asked Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa to intervene and have his tour cleared.

Ban appeal

Mr Oparanya asked Mr Wamalwa to raise the issue with his Internal Security counterpart, Dr Fred Matiang’i, to have the musician allowed into the country to perform at Kakamega’s Bukhungu Stadium.

On the other hand, Mr Mwenda Njoka, the spokesman for the Ministry of Interior, said the organizers of the trip have to appeal for a lifting of the ban on the musician.

But Kakamega County head of communication, Mr Dickson Rayori, insisted the county government will not spend any money to bring Koffi to Kakamega. Mr Rayori further dismissed speculation reports indicating that the county government had allocated Sh20 million to pay the musician and foot his expenses in Kakamega.



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