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DR Congo opposition figure Katumbi leaves for S. Africa

Moise Katumbi Chapwe, Governor of Democratic Republic of Congo's Katanga province, during an interview, in Lubumbashi on June 2, 2015Powerful Democratic Republic of Congo opposition figure Moise Katumbi, who has said he will run for the presidency, left the country for South Africa on Friday. Katumbi, who is seeking medical care and faces a trial at home for threatening state security, left aboard a plane which took off from Lubumbashi at 8:03 pm (1803 GMT), an AFP correspondent said, just hours after the DR Congo authorities said he was free to travel abroad. Congolese Justice Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba told AFP earlier that Katumbi “asked for conditional release covered by a medical certificate saying he needed appropriate care abroad.

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