Congolese soukous singer, producer and dancer Koffi Olomide has issued his apology to Kenyans, four years after his deportation incident.
Koffi was arrested in 2016 alongside his crew as he left citizen TV following a public uproar after an incident as he jetted into the country. The singer was captured on camera kicking one of his female dancers at the JKIA moments after landing. He was later deported to DRC and consequently slapped with assault charges on landing in Kinshasa.
The 63-year-old singer is on camera giving his apology and regrets his actions and had this to say.
“Jambo Kenya, this is Grand Mopao, Koffi Olomide. First, I am sincerely sorry for what I did. To everybody who was affected by what I did, I apologize. I want to thank the Kenyan government for endorsing me back. I missed Kenya so much, the country of my life. I will soon be in the country to meet my fans and will announce the date for the comeback of the King of Africa. I sincerely apologize, I did wrong.”
At some point in 2018, Koffi tried to fly back in the country but was not cleared by the government for his persona non grata proscription. Efforts by his lawyer Prof George Wajackoyah have ensured that is changed.