THE Zambia Police Service has cleared Congolese Rhumba star Koffi Olomide to perform in Zambia.
According to Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Katongo, there is no international warrant of arrest for Olomide, real names Antoine Christopher Agbepa Mumba.
“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 said.
She further said there was also no criminal record for Olomide on the Zambia Police criminal data.
Katongo said following the clearance of the Rhumba start, there is no objection for him to perform in Zambia.
“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 stop the subject musician from performing in Zambia,” said Katongo.
On Wednesday night French Ambassador to Zambia Sylvain Berger said he did not request Koffi’s arrest, dismissing reports that he had asked Zambian authorities to have the musician arrested.
Responding to media assertions that he asked Zambian authorities to arrest Congolese Rhumba star Koffi Olomide for various allegations, Ambassador Berger said his response to a question from a Journalist was not an order but a casual chat.
He, however, explained that artists have to be exemplary but denied calling for Koffi’s arrest as he knew nothing about his crimes.
Media reports indicate that the French Embassy in Zambia has asked the local authorities to arrest Congolese Rhumba star Koffi Olomide for various allegations.