DR Congo Opposition Politician Accused Of Coup Plot

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The right-hand man of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s main opposition leader, Moïse Katumbi, has been accused by the army of colluding with a rebel group to plan a coup.

Salomon Kalonda was arrested last week at the airport in the capital, Kinshasa.

Report says he is a key figure in Mr. Katumbi’s political campaign ahead of the December presidential election.

His arrest has been described by the opposition as politically motivated, but Colonel, Kangoli Ngoli of the military intelligence said that Mr. Kalonda had been regularly talking to M23 rebel officers and Rwandan officers.

“The aim was to overthrow the current authority in DR Congo by all possible means,” Col Ngoli told journalists on Monday.

The authorities in Kinshasa accuse the Rwandan army of fighting alongside the M23, an allegation Rwanda has consistently denied.

M23 spokesman Major Willy Ngoma denied the rebel group was working with Mr. Kalonda to stage a coup, adding that leaders in Kinshasa “can accuse anything about anyone they want to neutralize.”

“We cannot plan with someone in Kinshasa to organise a coup, we want talks with the government, not a coup,” Maj Ngoma said.


BBC/Christopher Ojlere


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