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Kenyan high court halts criminal proceedings against Judge Philomena.

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The High Court in Kenya has temporarily halted criminal proceedings against the deputy Supreme Court justice who was arrested on Tuesday.

Judge Philomena Mwilu was charged on suspicion of corruption, failure to pay taxes and improper dealings with a local bank.



Judge Chacha Mwita said: “I allow the application filed by deputy chief justice (Philomena Mwilu) seeking to stop proceedings in the lower court and I hereby grant a stay, meaning stopping the case.”

In her application, Judge Mwilu argued that her alleged impropriety while handling Imperial Bank cases is purely a commercial matter and not a criminal offence.

Through her lawyers, Judge Mwilu says the Chief Public Prosecutor Noordin Mohamed Haji was motivated by malice, arguing that the allegations are part of a larger scheme to embarrass her as the country’s second top judge.

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Judge Mwilu was charged on Tuesday evening, hours after being arrested, and released on a personal bondof 5 million Kenyan shillings ($49,640).

The detention of the deputy chief justice is the highest profile case since a series of corruption-related arrests began several months ago.

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Governor Wike aspires 50-yrs development blueprint for Rivers

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River State Governor Nyesom Wike has declared that the state government is determined to set out development blueprint for the rapid growth of the state for the next 50 years.



Wike made this declaration in Port Harcourt after receiving the final report from the River State Golden Jubilee committee, he also accepted the committee proposal to establish a technical group to develop a working document for the state.

in his words, he expressed his happiness to the honesty of the committee to execute their mandate during the celebrations in 2017.

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Wike says, that he is satisfied with the quality of the work of the committee that produced the documentary for ‘Rivers at 50’. he praised them for putting account all sectors in rivers without omitting any aspect.

The chairman of the committee, Chief Ferdinand Alabraba, lauds the outcome of the celebration stating that it was a landmark in the history of the state.

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Chief Alabraba, thanked the State Governor for the available funds through the government grant and private donations leading to returning unspent funds allocated to them, he appreciated the Rivers people for participating actively in the events that marked 50th anniversary of the state.

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$550m bridge to connect two congos separated by River Congo.

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Two Congos separated by a river, the River Congo, have set in motion a plan to link their respective capital with a multi-purpose bridge.

The project estimated to cost $550m will include a toll bridge, a railway track, a road and a sidewalk, a statement cited by the Bloomberg portal reported.

The first Congo is officially sub-Saharan Africa’s biggest country in terms of land size, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Referred to as DR Congo, better still Congo-Kinshasa.



The other is the Republic of Congo whose national capital is Brazzaville with a commercial capital which borders the South Atlantic Ocean, Pointe Noire.

The announcement was made las week during the maiden Africa Development Bank investment forum in Johannesburg. When completed, it will provide alternative transportation means which are currently restricted to boats or planes.

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The bridge which will span a 1,575-meter route will give birth to special economic zones between the two neighbours, Republic of Congo Spatial Planning Minister Jean-Jacques Bouya said at the forum.

Officials from both sides of the river have signed an agreement to that effect, Bloomberg reported last week.

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The great Congo River is the second longest river in Africa, shorter only than the Nile, as well as the second largest river in the world by discharge volume, following only the Amazon.

It is also the world’s deepest recorded river, with measured depths in excess of 220 m. Its overall length is put at 4,700 km (2,922 miles). The Congo gets its name from the old Kingdom of Kongo which was at the mouth of the river.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo, both countries sitting along the river’s banks, are named after it. From 1971 to 1997, the Democratic Republic of the Congo was called Zaire and its government called the river the Zaire River.

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