Kakamega county is on the verge of losing Kshs 23 million as the Interior Ministry is determined not to allow the deported Koffi Olomide to the country.
Through the Interior Ministry spokesperson Mwenda Njoka, Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has said the Congolese musician remains an unwanted guest in Kenya since he was deported two years ago.
In July 2016, Koffi Olomide was caught on camera assaulting his female dancer at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, an incident that saw his deportation following outrage by Kenyans especially by the women fraternity. The star was arrested by flying squad officers when doing a TV interview at Citizen TV, deported and declared an “unwanted person” in Kenya.
The Interior Ministry have maintained that the Congolese hit-maker has to apply for revocation of his status as an unwanted person. That process, the ministry says, is yet to begin.
“The onus is on Koffi Olomide to ask for his status (as a prohibited immigrant) to be lifted. The onus is not us. Koffi, if he won’t regularize his status, would just land on Kenyan soil, and would be taken back to the aeroplane, which brought him, for ejection. Those are international procedures.” said Njoka
Despite confirming the invitation of Koffi Olomide to grace this year’s devolution conference, Kakamega governor Wycliff Oparanya is still facing sharp criticism from Kenyans for allegedly coughing out a whooping Ksh 23 Million to pay the Congolese Lingala maestro.
“What is the significance of paying Koffi Olomide Kshs23million to perform at devolution conference in Kakamega? Is it that we can’t promote or we have run out of local artists?” one Twitter user posted.
The Devolution Conference 2018 will be graced by President Uhuru Kenyatta, NASA Leader Raila Odinga who is set to be the key speaker and also the Deputy President William Ruto.
It will take place from April 23rd to 27th 2018.