Singer Koffi Olomide summoned by the audiovisual regulator

Singer Koffi Olomide summoned by the audiovisual regulator
Singer Koffi Olomide summoned by the audiovisual regulator

(Ecofin Agency) – On July 6, on national television, Congolese pop star Koffi Olomide spoke about the security situation in the country. Following his controversial remarks, he was summoned, along with the presenter of the show, by the Higher Council for Audiovisual and Communication.

Singer Koffi Olomide (photo) has been summoned by the Higher Council for Audiovisual and Communication of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The regulator criticizes him for comments made on July 6 on the program “Le Panier, the Morning show” on RTNC, the national television. On the set, the artist notably suggested that there was no effective response to the attacks by M23 troops in the east of the country.

“There is no war. We are beaten. They slap us. They do with us what they want. I saw the trucks of these people who come quietly and no one to stop them. I saw that our soldiers go to war on motorcycles. I have tears. There is no war. They treat us like children. War is when they shoot, we shoot back.”he said on July 6.

This statement is seen as a criticism of the lack of efficiency of the Congolese armed forces. National television has preventively suspended the show and the host, Jessy Kabasele (right in the photo), also summoned by the CSAC. The latter has distanced himself from Koffi Olomidé’s comments on his social networks. For the moment, the artist has not reacted publicly.

Servan Ahougnon

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