DRC – 20 May 2016

Moise Katumbi: DR Congo opposition presidential hopeful charged

Democratic Republic of Congo opposition presidential hopeful Moise Katumbi has been charged with hiring foreign mercenaries. A government spokesman said he was plotting against President Joseph Kabila.

Mr Kabila is nearing the end of his second term and he is constitutionally obliged to step down by December. But there is growing political tension as it is not clear if he will relinquish power. There have been several clashes between Mr Katumbi’s supporters and the security forces in recent days.



Katumbi- No Plans to Overthrow Kabila Government

Democratic Republic of Congo opposition leader Moise Katumbi has told Congolese prosecutors he has no plans to overthrow the government of President Joseph Kabila by use of force. Katumbi, the former governor of the mineral-rich Katanga province, appeared before prosecutors Monday to answer government allegations he recruited foreign mercenaries.