CONGOLESE Rhumba start Koffi Olomide has arrived in the country for shows billed for Lusaka and Kitwe.
The Kenyan Airways flight carrying Koffi, real names Antoine Christopher Agbepa Mumba, touched down at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport few minutes after midnight.
One of the promoters, Anthony Chisola Likayi, welcomed Koffi, who is scheduled to perform at a VVIP show at the Government Complex this Friday and at Kitwe’s Mindolo Dam on Saturday.
The legendary Koffi is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on Lusaka Province minister Bowman Lusambo, lay wreaths at all the la Zambian president Frederick Chiluba, Levy Mwanawasa and Michael Sata’s graves at Embassy Park at 10:00 hours and thereafter visit Matero Old People’s Home where he will make a donation.
The Ministry of Home Affairs and the Zambia Police Service cleared Koffi to perform in Zambia.
According to Zambia Police spokesperson Esther Katongo, there is no international warrant of arrest for Koffi.
“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 Koffi 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, Jean Ndayisenga, 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.