Democratic Republic of Congo leader President Joseph Kabila is planning to transfer popular opposition leader Moise Katumbi from his home region Katanga to the capital Kinshasa where trial on trumped up charges is expected to continue.
Today, Katumbi will appear before a Lubumbashi court where he has made three trips so far with the government of President Kabila planning to cut off communication to enhance their operation.
On Monday, Katumbi spent about 8 hours answering questions and on Wednesday he spent another 8 hours answering questions. Today brings a different set of challenges.
Sources in Lubumbashi say the Congolese government is likely to shut down communications in the country’s second largest city.
“Their plan is to arrest Mr. Katumbi and move him to Kinshasa during the communications black-out. We have seen this tactic used before in times of crisis,” the source said
Masses in Lubumbashi are determined to stop the transfer of Katumbi and have vowed to turn up in large numbers to protect the man they hope will take over from President Kabila.
There are fears of deadly clashes expected between ordinary citizens and government forces.