It’s official! Koffi Olomide has been kicked out of Kenya.
Koffi Olomide deported to Kinshasa after he assaulted a female dancer at JKIA yesterday pic.twitter.com/zSuGG3FscC
— Lordrick Mayabi (@rickymeez) July 23, 2016
— Citizen TV Kenya (@citizentvkenya) July 23, 2016
In Kenya, many are hailing the swift action taken against Olomide as sign of progress in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV). Some are also celebrating it as a sign of positive impact social media can have in society if used correctly. Olomide was only arrested and deported after Kenyans on social media demanded action from the police.
The cancellation of concert and deportation of Koffi Olomide should be a lesson to other perpetrators of GBV pic.twitter.com/T0fOnUEiXh
— Emilly Owiti (@EmillyOwiti) July 23, 2016
BREAKING: Koffi Olomide has been Deported via Kenya Airways flight to Kinshasa, Congo. The Power of Social Media! #KoffiOlomideArrested
— Sophia Miller (@sophia_newmedia) July 23, 2016
KENYA at its best! You don't beat up women in our country. No Sir; here they deal with men like you; pic.twitter.com/etFhWqv7k2
— Mars Group Kenya (@MarsGroupKenya) July 22, 2016
Before his arrest and deportation, Olomide and his dancing troupe tried to contain the damage caused by the release of the video. In a brazen attempt to reset reality while on an interview on Kenya’s Citizen TV on Friday night , the soukous singer tried to explain away the shocking incident by claiming that he was in fact defending the dancer and not – as millions had seen for themselves – attacking her.
Koffi Olomide denies kicking his dancer, he says he was defending her against some aggressor. The dancer confirms this on video on Facebook.
— James Smart (@jamessmat) July 22, 2016
Kenyans didn’t buy it. He was arrested outside the TV station.
POLICE ARREST Koffi Olomide outside Citizen TV studios over assault of female colleague at JKIA today morning. pic.twitter.com/U6vPL7YboB
— NationBreakingNews (@NationBreaking) July 22, 2016