In DRC charcoal is vital for homes but deadly for forests | AFP

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, charcoal is the only source of energy for 80 to 90% of households due to a lack of electricity. From Goma to Kinshasa, its consumption, multiplied by 70 to 80 million inhabitants, is eating into the forest of the Congo Basin, which is vital in the fight against global warming.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we begin in Burkina Faso in the city of Bobo-Dioulasso; once a magnet for tourists it’s now largely overlooked by Western travellers because of recurrent jihadist attacks. Then we head to the Democratic Republic of Congo, where after three years in the making, the country’s National Museum has opened its doors in the capital of Kinshasa.

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36 dead after heavy rain pounds DR Congo capital | AFP

People examine a damaged road in Congolese capital Kinshasa after torrential overnight rains which killed 36 people, with some swept away by landslides. IMAGES

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DR Congo police break up banned opposition march in Kinshasa | AFP

Police in the DR Congo capital Kinshasa attempt to break up an opposition march, blocking a car carrying former presidential candidate Martin Fayulu. Around 50 police officers surrounded the vehicle in the middle of a main thoroughfare, Boulevard Lumumb, and used force to attempt to remove Fayulu supporters from their escort vehicles. IMAGES of police attempting to stop the protest

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Former DR Congo VP Bemba returns to Kinshasa | AFP

Former Congolese vice-president and opposition leader Jean-Pierre Bemba makes his second comeback to Kinshasa since his conviction was overturned in June 2018 by the International Criminal Court, after spending over 10 years in prison. He will address his supporters during a political rally in the afternoon. IMAGES

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This week on Africa Weekly, we take you to Ghana, where the government’s announcement to set a minimum price for cocoa along with the Ivory Coast could mean a boost for the economy. And we travel to Kinshasa, which may well have the best claim on the world’s worst commute.

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Kinshasa: Commuting hell in DR Congo’s capital | AFP

Cities almost everywhere have transport problems — just ask people stuck in traffic jams or overcrowded trains for their opinion. But daily travel in Kinshasa, capital of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), may well have the best claim on World’s Worst Commuter Nightmare.

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The remains of DR Congo’s Etienne Tshisekedi arrive in Kinshasa | AFP

The remains of former DR Congo opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi arrive in Kinshasa from Belgium for a funeral in his home country. Tshisekedi, a revered opponent of authoritarianism in the DR Congo, died in Belgium in 2017. His son, now President Felix Tshisekedi, had vowed to repatriate his remains.

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DRC: aerial footage of people awaiting Tshisekedi’s body | AFP

Drone footage of Kinshasa as Democratic Republic of Congo awaits the return of the remains of former opposition leader Etienne Tshisekedi, an emotion-laden moment for the country after his son Felix became president this year. AERIAL IMAGES of supporters waiting outside the airport

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DR Congo court begins examining Fayulu election results appeal

DR Congo’s Constitutional Court begins hearing an appeal against presidential election results that gave victory to opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi. Fayulu, likewise from the opposition, was declared runner-up in the December 30 poll to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila, in power for the last 18 years. IMAGES of the Kinshasa Constitutional court as the hearing begins

DRC election results: reactions from Goma

Residents of Goma, the provincial capital of North Kivu in eastern DR Congo, react to the announcement of the provisional results of the presidential election, with opponent Felix Tshisekedi as the winner. The results, announced at four o’clock in the morning from the capital Kinshasa by the Independent National Electoral Commission (CENI), are contested by Lamuka coalition candidate Martin Fayulu.

DR Congo election: candidate Martin Fayulu casts his vote

Congolese opposition candidate Martin Fayulu casts his vote in a polling station in Kinshasa. One opinion poll has Fayulu as a clear favourite, garnering around 44 percent of voting intentions. Millions of Congolese citizens are choosing a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down after nearly 18 years at the helm. IMAGES

DRC election: vote ongoing in Kinshasa polling stations

Congolese citizens vote in a polling station in the capital, Kinshasa. Millions of electors are choosing a successor to President Joseph Kabila, who is stepping down after nearly 18 years at the helm. The vote gives DR Congo the chance of its first peaceful transfer of power since it gained independence from Belgium in 1960.

DR Congo election: Shadary and Kabila their votes

Emmanuel Shadary and President Joseph Kabila arrive in a Kinshasa polling station to cast their votes. Months of speculation over Kabila’s future ended in August when he threw his weight behind Shadary, a hardline former interior minister and loyalist. Millions of electors are expected to turn out to choose who will succeeed President Kabila.

DR Congo election: polling stations open in Kinshasa

Congolese citizens arrive to cast their vote as polling stations open in Kinshasa. Millions of electors are expected to turn out to choose a successor to President Joseph Kabila. The election’s credibility has already been strained by repeated delays, the risk of hitches on polling day and accusations that electronic voting machines will produced a rigged result.

Low-quality infrastrcuture a key issue as DRC election nears

Linking the port of Matadi with the capital of Kinshasa, a 350 kilometre road runs through the southwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s a crucial route, but also plagued by danger – representative of the dire state of the country’s infrastructure more generally. Many politicians are hoping that promises for improvements to the country’s infrastructure will help win votes ahead of this month’s election.

DRC: huge crowds for Kinshasa return of Tshisekedi & Kamerhe

Tens of thousands of supporters turn out to welcome Congolese opposition scion Felix Tshisekedi as he returns to Kinshasa to kick off his campaign to replace President Joseph Kabila in next month’s election. His running mate Vital Kamerhe joined him and will be Tshisekedi’s campaign director ahead of the December 23 vote.

DRC elections: Opponent Fayulu launches presidential bid

Opposition candidate Martin Fayulu returns to Kinshasa for the launch of his presidential campaign. Voters on December 23 will choose a successor to outgoing President Joseph Kabila, who has constitutionally remained in power as caretaker leader even though his second and final elected term ended nearly two years ago. IMAGES