A football tycoon in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Moise Katumbi, has been charged with recruiting foreign mercenaries, a government spokesman has said, AFP news agency reports.

Mr Katumbi announced about two weeks ago that he will be running for the presidency in elections due in November.

Government spokesman Lambert Mende told AFP that an arrest warrant had been issued for Mr Katumbi, the owner of TP Mazembe football.

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Mr Katumbi has previously described as a “grotesque lie” the allegation that he had recruited mercenaries, and said it was aimed at preventing him from contesting elections.

It is unclear whether elections will be held in November, and whether President Joseph Kabila plans to step down after two terms in office.


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