March 12, 2018 / 3:47 PM / in 11 days

Congo opposition leader Katumbi says he will return home by June

JOHANNESBURG, March 12 (Reuters) - Exiled Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi vowed on Monday to return to Democratic Republic of Congo by June to lodge his candidacy for a presidential election to replace President Joseph Kabila, currently scheduled for December.

“I’m not scared of returning to Congo,” Katumbi told a news conference in Johannesburg. He left Congo in May 2016 for medical treatment after being accused by prosecutors of hiring mercenaries.

“I will be there to present my candidacy,” he said, although he declined to give a more precise date. (Reporting by Ed Cropley; Editing by Aaron Ross and Alison Williams)

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