Koffi Olomide to be charged with sexual assault in France

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The French embassy in Zambia has asked the local authorities to arrest Koffi Olomide for various allegations.

The rhumba maestro is wanted on suspicion of sexually assaulting dancers, kidnapping and employing them in France without permit and facilitating their entry and illegal stay.

Olomide, a regular in Zambia, was due to perform in two shows this month.

In January 2013, Olomide assaulted a Zambian photojournalist and had to flee across the border to avoid arrest. He later apologised to the journalist.

Mapao, as his fans fondly refer to him, was infamously deported from Kenya in July 2016 for kicking one of his dancers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The musician spent the night at police cells at the airport before being deported to Kinshasa where he was charged with the crime and jailed for three months, commuted down from 18 months on President Joseph Kabila’s intervention. He was, however, released on bail after five days.

In August 2012, he was given a three-month suspended prison sentence for assaulting his producer. The sentence followed his arrest after fracas at a hotel in Kinshasa.

Earlier in 2001, security personnel in Kinshasa dragged Koffi out of his Mercedes Benz Compressor and frog-marched in public after he had defied being flagged down.

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