Congolese singer Koffi Olomide has had rotten luck lately and things aren’t looking they are about to change. Days after his concert in Nairobi, Kenya was cancelled and his swift deportation from the East African country, he’s now been arrested in Kinshasa, Congo to face assault charges. Images of the popular singer in handcuffs and being manhandled by officers are currently doing the rounds on social media. Its been enough to make some of his fans to say “let the man be”. So is this what justice looks like or are authorities being too hard on Olomide?
Boxing legend Muhammad Ali, who has passed on at 74, had a long love affair with Africa. The continent was the stage of perhaps his greatest triumph: “The Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa, Zaire. He was beloved across Africa and he visited the continent frequently. From the reactions pouring in, it’s clear many of his fans on the continent feel they have lost a part of themselves.
In mid January, the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo announced that it would need 18 months to update the voters’ roll. This was followed by an announcement from the minister of interior that a new electoral law, and several others related to the elections, would first have to be tabled during Parliament’s next session, starting in March.
The death of Joe-Louis Kanyona, the Congolese doorman who was murdered at Cape Town’s Beerhouse on 20 June, in the context of nightclub security and the city’s DRC diaspora