The government of Zambia has barred popular rhumba musician Koffi Olomide from entering the country over criminal allegation levelled against him.
The Congolese musician, with real name, Antoine Christophe Agbepa Mumba, was accused of assaulting a photojournalist in Zambia during a previous tour.
He has also been accused of sexually assaulting his dancers, kidnapping them and employing them without valid permits in France.
It was gathered that Olomide was supposed to hold two shows in Zambia this month but the government had warned he will be arrested the moment he steps foot in the country.
On Saturday, the French embassy in Zambia also called for the arrest of Olomide.
France’s ambassador to Zambia, Sylvain Berger, threatened to involve Interpol to arrest Olomide, whom he said has not yet been cleared of the allegations against him in France.
Olomide was a former member of the late Congolese musician, Papa Wemba’s music band, Viva La Musica, before he set up his own Quartier Latin International band in 1986.