In Summary
  • Katumbi faces an outstanding sentence of three years imprisonment over a property deal and has spent two years in exile in Belgium as a result.
  • Congolese authorities have vowed to arrest him if he returns.
  • DRC's election was originally scheduled for late 2016, but has been twice delayed, leading to unrest in the vast mineral-rich country.

MULDERSDRIFT

Exiled Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi launched a campaign Monday to be elected president in polls scheduled for December, unveiling his new "Together for Change" party in South Africa.

"We will fight the battle to take power — and we will win," said Katumbi at a meeting of several hundred supporters at a hotel outside Johannesburg.

GENERAL ELECTION

"This fight and the successful transfer of power are national issues... so we have decided to establish a political movement known as 'Together for Change'."

Democratic Republic of Congo's election was originally scheduled for late 2016, but has been twice delayed, leading to unrest in the vast mineral-rich country.

Western powers have accepted the delay with reluctance, hoping it will avoid bloodshed.

But Katumbi faces an outstanding sentence of three years imprisonment over a property deal and has spent two years in exile in Belgium as a result.

Congolese authorities have vowed to arrest him if he returns.

Katumbi declared he would go back to his native country by June, describing the grounds for his conviction and his sentence as "fictitious".

"I don't fear being arrested," he told a news conference.

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