The Zambia Police Service has given rhumba legend Koffi Olomide the all-clear to perform in the country.
This is despite Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili indicating that the star, whose real name is Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, will not be allowed to perform in the country following reports of him assaulting one of his female dancers in Kenya.
Rev. Sumaili’s stance cheered the women’s movement, with the Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZNWL) board chairperson Beauty Katebe stating that Koffi should first be cleared of all the charges leveled against him before he can perform in Zambia.
But police spokesperson Esther Katongo says neither INTERPOL nor local police have any criminal case against the music icon, adding that there’s no reason for stopping him from performing in the country.
“The Zambia Police conducted a search on the 24/7 INTERPOL system which has revealed that there is no International Warrant of arrest (red alert notice) in respect of Antoine Christopher Agbepa Mumba Alias Koffi Olomide indicating that he is wanted for any criminal offence in any Country,” Katongo stated today.
“Further, there is no criminal record on the Zambia Police Criminal Data base in respect of Antoine Christopher Agbepa Mumba.
“An assault case that was reported at Lusaka Division by a journalist was closed due to lack of evidence.
“We therefore, wish to state that as Zambia Police, we have no reason to deny the subject musician from performing in Zambia.”
Koffi is scheduled to hold two shows in Lusaka and Kitwe on July 27 and 28.
Zambian Eye (Zambia)