Kabila, who has renamed Zaire the Democratic Republic of
Congo, was expected to unveil a new government after flying
in from the southern city of Lubumbashi.
His arrival on Tuesday, however, was not a certainty. Kabila
was not aboard a plane that took more than 100 people to
Kinshasa, including some of his top aides.
Report: Mobutu's health worsens
Meanwhile, deposed leader Mobutu Sese Seko, who named his
country Zaire after taking power 32 years ago, remained holed
up in the West African nation of Togo, ruled by his close
friend Gnassingbe Eyadema.
Mobutu fled there on Sunday with about 50 members of his
family after rebels captured his jungle palace in the
northern town of Gbadolite.
He has been joined in Togo by 85 more relatives who fled via
Brazzaville, the capital of the neighboring Republic of Congo
Mobutu, who is 66 and has prostate cancer, reportedly
intended to stay in Togo for only a short period before
continuing on to Morocco and eventually France, but his
flight into exile left him "very, very weak," a source close
to Togo's government said.
The French government said Tuesday that Mobutu -- who has a
home on the French Riviera -- had not requested permission to
If Mobutu asked to come to France, his "request would be
examined," said a French government official, adding that
Morocco and South Africa had both offered to take him in.
Security concerns for Kabila?
Crowds in Kinshasa started surging toward the airport on the
eastern outskirts of the capital following rumors that Kabila
Soldiers from the rebel alliance, who captured Kinshasa
during the weekend after a seven-month guerrilla advance from
the east, blocked the way, possibly out of security concerns.
Security adviser Paul Kabongo said Kabila would come at an
"opportune time." However, another senior rebel alliance
official, who declined to be named, said Kabila would fly to
Kinshasa on Tuesday, though it was not being announced in
advance for security reasons.
Signs of the new order in the renamed Zaire included
television news anchors -- who once dutifully read pro-Mobutu
propaganda -- ending newscasts declaring: "Long live the
Democratic Republic of Congo."
The national currency -- called the zaire -- soared in value
on Monday, trading at 50,000 zaire to the dollar after being
as high as 170,000 zaire to the dollar on Friday.
The strengthening prompted merchants who normally accept
dollars to demand zaires in case their value increases
Zaire's embassies worldwide were moving to recognize Kabila's
Reuters contributed to this report.