Although Congolese tycoon Moise Katumbi faces arrest on return to his country, he has announced intentions to vie for the DRC presidency in the December polls.
Katumbi launched a campaign Monday to be elected president in polls sand has unveiled the “Together for Change” party from exile 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.
“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 three years in exile in Belgium as a result.
Congolese authorities have vowed to arrest him if he returns.