Supporters of former war chief and ex-vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba and his party ‘Mouvement de liberation du Congo’ (MLC) wait in front of the party’s office in Gemena, Democratic Republic of Congo, on July 30, 2018, as he is expected to return to the country after an 11-year absence ahead of December polls.
Pierre Bemba, 55, was acquitted in June 2018 of war-crimes charges in The Hague. He has vowed to return to Kinshasa on August 1 to file his election bid. Candidates must physically be in the country to lodge their applications. His party previously said that he would arrive in Gemena, a town in his stronghold of the northwest, on July 31. But on July 30 it said he had not had flight authorisation for landing there. / AFP PHOTO / Junior D. KANNAH