The decision made by the organisers of the Agriculture and Commercial Society of Zambia to cancel a contract of performance of Congolese rhumba maestro Koffi Olomide has cheered Lusaka residents.
The residents said that the action taken against the musician was a clear indication that the organisers were dedicated to join the people in the fight against gender-based violence.
They said the cancellation would be a lesson to many people who indulged in GBV.
Catherine Chanda, a resident of Kanyama compound, said that the organisers made a smart move by cancelling Koffi Olomide’s performance because it would send a warning to other people involved in gender-based violence.
Ms. Chanda said people should start understanding that gender-based violence was a serious offence that must not be taken lightly regardless of who the perpetrators were.
She said most people took advantage of their positions to commit offences like GBV because they were certain the law would not take its course against them.
Ms. Chanda said violence should not be condoned as it was a violation of rights on the person that was being abused.
“Koffi Olomide is a public figure who is supposed to be upholding good values and morals of society, and his actions of beating a lady does not portray a good picture of a person of such public standing,’’ she said.
Meanwhile, the Non-Governmental Organisation Coordinating Council (NGOCC) has expressed happiness over the cancellation of Mr Olomide’s shows at this year’s Agriculture and Commercial Show by the organisers.
NGOCC board chairperson Sarah Longwe said the cancelation was a positive attribute to the fight against gender-based violence in Zambia.
Ms. Longwe said allowing Koffi to perform at the show would have been an act of encouraging GBV against women.
Koffi Olomide’s performances in Zambia were cancelled after he was reported to have assaulted one of his female dancers in Kenya. – Millennium Radio 90.5FM