Kinshasa — Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo say they are investigating an exiled opposition leader who has vowed to stand in December’s presidential elections. The announcement late on Tuesday coincided with a demand by the UN Security Council that the elections, viewed as crucial for the stability of the troubled central African state, be staged with "credibility and inclusivity". Public Prosecutor Flory Kabange Numbune said a judicial investigation had been opened on Moise Katumbi, who allegedly held Italian nationality in breach of Congolese laws that forbid dual citizenship. Katumbi will also face trial in a case of alleged recruitment of mercenaries, including a former US soldier, to destabilise the government, he added. Katumbi, a wealthy businessman and former governor of Katanga province who is president of the major football club TP Mazembe, claims to have unrivalled popularity across the country. On March 12, at a meeting in Johannesburg, he launched his cam...

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