Congolese star Koffi Olomide who was scheduled to entertain at the 5th Annual Devolution Conference to be held in Kakamega might not make it after the Kenyan Government issued a statement branding him as unwanted person in Kenya.
The government, through the Interior Ministry has reiterated that Congolese musician Koffi Olomide is still an unwanted guest in the country two years after he was dramatically deported. Koffi was deported after he was captured on camera assaulting one of his dancers at JKIA ahead of their scheduled show in Kenya in 2016.
As we reported earlier, the revered Lingala maestro had confirmed his performance in the country, following an invite from Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya but according to Citizen Digital, Olomide has not yet been forgiven by the Interior Ministry for mistreating one of his female dancers at the JKIA, in July, 2016
In a surprising turn of events, two years after his deportation following the airport drama, the Interior Ministry through its spokesperson Mwenda Njoka held that the singer has to apply for revocation of his status as an unwanted person in the country to be allowed in.
According to Mwenda, Olomide has not yet applied and therefore remains unwelcome in Kenya.
“The onus is on Koffi Olomide to ask for his status as a prohibited immigrant to be lifted. The onus is not us. Koffi, if he won’t regularize his status, would just land on Kenyan soil, and would be taken back to the aeroplane, which brought him, for ejection. Those are international procedures,”
Njoka told Citizen Digital in a phone interview.
The move by the government came barely hours after the Ultimatum crooner confirmed he will entertain at the Kenya Governors’ 5th Annual Devolution Conference to be held in Kakamega County as from Monday, April 23 to Friday, April 27.
“Brothers and sisters of Kenya, I will be in Kakamega for the Devolution conference on April 24 at Bukhungu stadium. Thank you Governor Oparanya for inviting me and giving me an opportunity to be back to Kenya,”
Olomide said in a Twitter post shared on Friday, April 13.
We will keep you posted on how everything unfolds.