Senator Jean-Pierre Bemba has landed in the Congo capital Kinshasa ahead of the awaited presidential election.
Bemba who left Brussels in the direction of Kinshasa, according to an announcement on his Twitter account, will be facing off with President Joseph Kabila and opposition leader Moise Katumbi.
The former leader of the rebel Movement For the Liberation of the Congo, was acquitted at the beginning of June, accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity for which he was provisionally detained for 10 years in the detention centre of the International Criminal Court.
“My dear compatriots. After a decade of absence, I am on my way to the land of my ancestors, my native land, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. I hope to meet with you this Wednesday, August 1, 2018,” he tweeted using his official @bembajp handle on July 31, 2018.
Jean-Pierre Bemba, who served as vice president of the Republic between 2003 and 2006, announced his release from prison, his ambition to run for the presidential elections on December 23, 2018, but said he was ready to support a joint opposition nomination that is not yours.
In 2006, it had failed with 42% in the same vote against the current president, Joseph Kabila.
On Wednesday morning in Kinshasa, an anti-riot police was deployed at several crossroads and strategic locations to support their supporters, who should be many to welcome him.
Source: Radio Okapi