By DailyNews Correspondent
- Congolese maestro Koffi Olomide privately performed in Kampala on Friday 14th April, his 2nd performance at such an event since 2017. The 61-year old singer was invited by businessman and socialite Jack Pemba to perform at a high end event celebrating his wife’s 40th birthday. The lavish birthday party event was also graced by Uganda’s legendary music group, Afrigo Band.
- Kenya Interior Ministry has said musician Koffi Olomide will not be allowed in the country before applying for revocation of his status as an unwanted person
- 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
- The Ultimatum crooner is scheduled to entertain at the 5th Annual Devolution Conference to be held in Kakamega
The Kenya 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. As reported by TUKO.co.ke earlier, the revered Lingala maestro had confirmed his performance in the country, following an invite from Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya.
According to our source, Olomide has not yet been forgiven by the Interior Ministry for mistreating one of his female dancers at the JKIA, in July, 2016.
Kenya Interior Ministry said Koffi Olomide is not wanted in Kenya.
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.”