In honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, we, the undersigned, call on the Kenyan government to stop convicted woman abuser Koffi Olomide from performing in Kenya.
Koffi Olomide is set to perform at a special concert dubbed 'The Legend Tour' at the Karen Waterfront Mall on 11 December 2021 . This means the concert will be in less than 3 weeks. We cannot let this happen.
Why is this important?
Koffi Olomide has a documented history of violence directed at women. In March 2019 he was convicted of statutory rape in France and between 2002 and 2006, sexually assaulted his dancers . In July 2016, he was deported from Kenya for assaulting one of his dancers .
Allowing him to perform in Kenya right after the 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women and Girls global campaign, right after Human Rights Day, and right before Jamhuri Day would undermine the victims of his actions and derail all the progress our country has made in the fight against GBV. Neither of these scenarios must be allowed nor tolerated, as Kenya already has a GBV crisis and must not reward perpetrators with platforms such as this.
It is all our moral responsibility to ensure Kenya does not become a magnet for foreign criminal elements, especially those that violate the human rights of women and girls.