Moise Katumbi has accepted a nomination from the country’s opposition to contest as a candidate in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s upcoming presidential election.
He posted a full statement of his decision to stand for president on his official twitter handle on Wednesday evening just when the state also announced that it was opening investigations against him for mercenary activities.
The authorities' low maneuvers will not obstruct my peaceful struggle. I will be the rule of law's candidate. pic.twitter.com/sEaWnkhYIU— Moise Katumbi (@moise_katumbi) May 4, 2016
The former Governor of Katanga province, endorsed by three Congolese opposition movements, described it as an honour adding that he accepted the heavy responsibility with humility.
Katumbi joined the opposition after resigning as Governor in September 2015.
His decision to accept the nomination comes at a time when he has accused of recruiting mercenaries.
Tele 50, a pro-government television station last Thursday indicated that Katumbi was recruiting mercenaries and had a rebel army.
But the 51-year-old businessman has dismissed the accusation and asked the government and the international community to investigate the allegations.
The country’s Justice Minister on Wednesday May 4 announced the opening of an investigation into the matter.
The Democratic Republic of Congo has been under pressure from the international community to organise the presidential election in November before the end of Joseph Kabila’s last mandate.