Several people in DR Congo have been injured following clashes at a rally held by leading opposition presidential candidate Moise Katumbi in Mwanda city in the south-west.
Mr Katumbi suspended part of his campaign following the clashes, which mark an escalation in tension ahead of elections on 20 December.
There are conflicting accounts of what happened at yesterday’s rally.
The provincial government said in a statement that Mr Katumbi’s guards fired warning shots after the crowd grew rowdy.
Jostling ensued, the government said, therefore police used tear gas to restore order after several people were injured, including a police officer.
However Mr Katumbi alleged on X that images, the live ammunition fired by the police, and the testimonies confirm that these incidents were programmed, planned and orchestrated with a desire to commit crime. END