Jean-Pierre Bemba

The former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic Congo, Jean-Pierre Bemba, is back in his country for the first time since December’s disputed elections.

He was barred from running in the election and backed Martin Fayulu, who said that he had won the poll rather than Felix Tshisekedi.

His last visit, in August 2018, was his first after 11 years in exile and prison.

The ex-rebel leader had a war crimes conviction by the International Criminal Court overturned two months earlier.

But the ICC’s conviction for bribing witnesses still stands, but he is challenging that.

While in the country this time, Mr Bemba is planning to visit all areas of the country to talk about what he calls the truth about the election, BBC Swahili’s Mbelechi Msochi reports from the capital, Kinshasa.

It is not clear how long he intends to be in DR Congo.

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