Celebrated Congolese musician Antoine Koffi Olomide is expected in Uganda to grace North Tourism Fashion event scheduled for December 15 and 16 in Gulu district this year. Olomides invitation is however generating mixed reactions owing to the controversies the renowned rumba star gotten into.
Celebrated Congolese musician Antoine Koffi Olomide is expected in Uganda to grace North Tourism Fashion event scheduled for December 15 and 16 in Gulu district this year.
Akot Rosemary Kotinah, the Project Coordinator Miss Tourism Northern Uganda, says the event is expect to showcase regional beauty of the north and contribute towards fast re-branding of the region after 20 years of war.
“Northern Uganda must be collectively supported in order to make a meaningful and quick healing caused by the devastating effects of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) war,” Kotinah told Uganda Radio Network.
While the deal is expected to be sealed soon, Kotina is expected to travel to Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa to formalise the arrangement to bring in the singer after Olomidde's Manager issued a green light.
Olomide's invitation is however generating mixed reactions owing to the controversies the renowned rumba star gotten into.
Olomide, born Christophe Agbepa Mumba in 1956, this week issued an overdue apology to his fans in Kenya after he openly assaulted of his dancers at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in July.
His scheduled performances in Kenya were cancelled and he was asked to leave the country. On arrival in Kinshasa, Olomide was charged and jailed for three months. He was however released within two weeks.
Evelyn Akullo, a former Documentation Team Leader with Justice and Reconciliation Project, describes Olomide's invitation as a "weird choice.”
“Why him, what message are they projecting out because? He is a disgrace to the women cause. There should be a popular resistance and people should say no to nonsense,” reasons Akullo, who is also a student at Kroc Institute for International Peace, Notre Dame, US.
Anthony Akera opposes resistance against Olomide's impending visit: “Up to now I don't know why he kicked her (one of his dancers) and therefore there is nothing wrong with us hosting him.”
Akera added: “How many men are beating their women on daily basis? Do we need to abandon them from our communities? Koffi is a human being and has emotions like any other man and besides, he already apologised which shows remorse.”
On July 22 this year, Olomide was captured in a video footage kicking one of his female dancers at Jomo Kenyatta Airport upon landing for a concert sparking outrage among rights activists.
Tormented by his hooliganism, Kenyan authorities reportedly revoked his visa and deported him. Zambian authorities also added salt to his misery by reportedly cancelling his scheduled concert in the capital, Lusaka.
Zacharie Bababaswe, a vocal Congolese parliamentarian filed a complaint against the artiste saying it is an ‘inadmissible barbaric act against a woman' which subsequently earned him a four-day detention in his boyhood city of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo.
Media reports indicate that Olomide, 60, was handed a three-month suspended prison sentence for assaulting his producer in August 2012.
If his visit materialises, it would be the third time the rumba star with 26 albums recorded to his name will be visiting Uganda.