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Bobi Wine bodyguard, best friend remanded by army court till Jan 19



This ambulance was being used to bring in suspects

This ambulance was being used to bring in suspects

The General Court Martial in Makindye has remanded 49 supporters of the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) party to Kigo and Kitalya government prisons until January 19, 2021.   

The suspects were today Friday arraigned before court presided over by Lt. Gen. Andrew Gutti and charged with illegal possession of ammunition. Prosecution alleges that the accused persons and others still at large on January 3, 2021  while at Makerere Kavule, Kigundu Zone, Kawempe Division were found in possession of four rounds of ammunition of an AK-47 rifle, which is the monopoly of the defence forces.

The accused persons who have been arraigned in court include the head of NUP presidential candidate Bobi Wine aka Robert Kyagulanyi’s personal security detail; Edward Ssebufu alias Eddie Mutwe and best friend Ali Bukeni alias Nubian Li. Others are Rachael Tusiime Akiiki,  Saphinah Nansove, Jamirah Namwanje Kalyango, Hassan Ssemakula alias Abdul Souldier, Kenny Kyalimpa, Mudde Ntambi, William Nyanzi alias Mbogo, Lukeman Mwijukye alias Kampala, Miiro John, Muhammad Nsubuga alias Edobozi. 

Others are William Ntege alias Kyuma Kyayesu, Adam Matovu, Shakirah Nambozo alias Sukie, Ibrahim Tamale, Muzafuru Mwanje alias Main Gate alias Muwa, Ismail Nyanzi Kaddu, Stanley Kafuko alias Kysta, Achileo Kivumbi, Joseph Onzima alias Tawa and among others.

The suspects were first arrested on December 30, 2020, from Kalangala district during Kyagulanyi’s campaign trail. On the same day, Kyagulanyi was also picked up by security personnel and airlifted to Kampala before being driven to his home in Wakiso district.

But the majority of the accused persons who have been arraigned in the court-martial were kept under police custody and later produced before Masaka Chief Magistrate’s court presided over by Charles Yeteise a few days ago, where they were charged with inciting violence and doing acts that were most likely to spread the infectious disease.

At the court martial, the accused’s lawyers Medard Lubega Sseggona, Benjamin Katana and Chrystom Katumba were blocked from accessing court premises. Also, journalists were blocked from accessing court and security informed this reporter that court today was out of reach for non-security officers. 

Our reporter saw an army ambulance registration number H4DF 2168 at the court premises taking some of the accused persons away from court in shifts.

According to sources, the accused persons were represented in court by Maj. Samuel Maserejje while the army prosecution was represented by Captain Ambrose Baguma who informed the court that the investigations are incomplete. Baguma asked the court for an adjournment to enable them to finalise with the investigations.

Accordingly, Lt. Gen. Gutti remanded the accused persons up to January 19. Sseggona accused the state of trumping up charges against members of the opposition.  

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Tehran International Short Film Festival winners introduced



Tehran International Short Film Festival winners introduced

Addressing the gathering, the festival director Sadeq Mousavi thanked the event’s organizers, as well as the Iranian artists and filmmakers who sent about 1700 short films to the secretariat of the event

Iran is top 10 short films producers

Addressing the same gathering, Head of the Cultural and Social Commission of the Islamic Council of Tehran, Mohammad Javad Haghshenas, said: “We have been dealing with the Covid-19 disease for more than a year and many jobs and professions have been damaged, including the people of culture and art.”
Haghshenas said that Iran is one of the top 10 producers of short films in the world.

He added that the Iranian Youth Cinema Association is one of the oldest cinema schools in the world and organizes national and international festivals. 
In the meantime, Deputy Minister of Health Iraj HaririchiI thanked the festival’s organizers for commemorating martyrs of health, adding that dedicating a section for health is appreciated. 

Covid-19 Prize Category 

The award for best film in the “Covid 19” category went to “Shahab Abroshan” for “Ansins”.

Also in the continuation of this ceremony, the prizes of the short film study conference were awarded. The third prize went to “Mohsen Rahnama”, the second prize went to “Parisa Hosseinzadeh” and the first prize went to “Ahmad Khoshnit”.

ISFA Medal

The ISFA Medal was awarded by Elham Hosseinzadeh, President of the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA). 

While appreciating the film “Dakal” directed by “Babak Mostafavi”, the “ISFA” medal for “Innovation in theme and creativity in the presentation of the film” Fear Shifts “directed by” Iman Salehi “.” ISFA “commendation plaque was also awarded to “Mahsa Samani”, the director of “Habub” animation, and was presented by “Maryam Kashkolinia”.

Addressing the same gathering, Head of Cinema Organization Hossein Entezami said:” When a phenomenon dominates the world, two paths can be taken; one is to shut everything down, and the other is to experience bio-coronation and move on with it. This festival took the second way and I have to thank my colleagues.”

Commemorating ceremony of Amir Lotfian

The next part of the ceremony was dedicated to the veteran photographer and filmmaker Amir Lotfian.

In this section, “Ahmad Masjed Jamei”, a member of the Islamic Council of Tehran, said, “In Mr. Lotfian’s collection of photographs, I saw photography which conveyed a lot of joy during the hard and difficult years of the 60’s. I thank the doctors for their support of this festival, but of course, the cinema has lost great people during this period, whose memory we cherish. I hope we continue to see short filmmakers shine at home and abroad.”

International Competition Awards

Iranian director Behnam Behzadi, Italian Director Lia Beltrami, as well as Planning Manager of Busan Film Festival Kyeongyeon, are slated to judge the films in this section of the festival.

The Best International Documentary Award went to “Kak Iraj” by Jamshid Farjondfarda from Iran. The director of this film presented this award to the medical staff.

The award for best animated short film went to “Candela” co-directed by Marc Riba and Anna Solanas from Spain.

The award for best short fiction film went to “DAYIE or Good Night” directed by Anthony Netty from Ghana.
National Competition Awards

The jury members of the “National Competition Section were: “Mohammad Mehdi Asqarpour”, “Mohammad Reza Delpak”, “Nasser Saffarian”, “Ismail Monsef”, “Bahram Tavakoli”, “Rohollah Hejazi”, “Roqayeh Tavakoli”, “Ashkan Rahgozar” and “Hamid-Reza Lotfian” cast their votes as follows:

In the Best Cinematography category, the festival statuette and the cash prize for the best cinematography were awarded to “Vahid Beyoteh” for the feature film “Gabriel”.

“Leila Mir Nasiri” was awarded the Diploma of Honor for Best Innovation for his role in “Nahid”.

The best editing award went to “Babak Bahrambeigi” for editing the short film “Bloody Children”.

In the best sound section, the festival statue and a cash prize were awarded to “Mohammad Hossein Mehrjoo” and “Mohammad Kashfi” for the sound of the feature film “Khonab”.

The award for the best research in the documentary was given to “Fereshteh Tavakoli” for “Forough Kooche Bonbast”. 

In the best screenplay adaptation category, the festival statue and a cash prize were awarded to “Mohammad Reza Moradi” for “Dual Pa”.

In the category of the best screenplay, the festival statuette and a cash prize were awarded to “Samad Alizadeh” for the feature film “Nahid”.

The best animation director award went to “Mona Abdullah Shahi” for “Red Fire”.

The Best Documentary Director Award went to “Arman Gholipour Dashtaki” for “Bloody Children”

The award for best director of experimental film went to “Kamal Kachouian” for “Adapt”.

The Best Feature Film Award went to “Mahyar Mandegar” for “Winged White Horse”.

The special jury award went to “Iman Salehi” for “Overcoming Fear”.

The award for best film in Iranian cinema went to “Hamid Reza Zubair” for production of “Winged White Horse”.

The grand prize of the festival in the international section was awarded to “Reza Fahimi” for the short film “Sefidpoosh” from Iran.

Presided by Sadeq Mousavi, the event which inaugurated on Jan 15, in physical and online formats in Iran Mall cinema hall was wrapped up on Jan 25.

In this year edition, over 4,986 foreign and 1,700 Iranian short films were submitted to different sections of the festival.

In the meantime, 146 Iranian films are competing in the national sections of the event which include feature, documentary, experimental and animation.


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Haredim rebel against Israel measures aimed at fighting covid



Ultraorthodox Israeli Jews, known as Haredim, continue their revolt against Israeli measures aimed at fighting COVID-19, Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported on Monday.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, the Israeli government has imposed several precautionary measures to decrease the number of daily cases of coronavirus, but the Haredim are not complying with the new procedures.

Haredi schools and other facilities have not closed and the Haredim continue to hold weddings and funerals, making their areas of residence the epicentre for the pandemic.

Data published by Israeli radio last week showed that 40 per cent of Israelis who contracted COVID-19 were Haredim, the number rises to 60 per cent among the student population.

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Woman Drowns Self Over Ksh200K Bank Loan



  • A trader in Maragua, Murang’a County, allegedly drowned herself in a well on Tuesday night, January 26, after receiving numerous demand letters from a local bank over Ksh200,000 debt she owed the institution.

    Reports indicated that the deceased identified only as Carol, had constantly complained about her struggles settling the outstanding loan, money she reportedly took to finance her business. 

    The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is said to have affected her business which was on the verge of collapse after most of the money she had borrowed went into running the loss-making venture.

    Shocked residents look into the well in Maragua town where the body of a businesswoman was discovered on January 27, 2021
    Shocked residents look into the well in Maragua town where the body of a businesswoman was discovered on January 27, 2021.

    She had reportedly defaulted her loan for an entire five months something that piled pressure on her. On the fateful night, she allegedly informed her sister, who was her roommate, that she had gone to attend an impromptu business meeting with a neighbour.

    According to the sister, this was not the first time Carol had stepped out for night meetings, hence this did not seem suspicious. 

    “Since it was not the first time she was announcing such impromptu meetings, I had no reason to be suspicious,” the sister said.

    The body was discovered floating inside the well by one of the tenants who had gone to draw water.

    The reports were confirmed by Ichagaki Deputy County Commissioner Joshua Okello who noted that investigations had been launched to ascertain the cause of death.

    “The preliminary suspicion is that she committed suicide. But you can never be too sure in the absence of a medical report based on a conclusive situational analysis,” Okello said.

    Many Kenyans opt to take their own life after they are driven to the edge by aggressive creditors.

    According to data from the Central Bank of Kenya, the proportion of defaulted bank loans in 2019 registered an outstanding amount of Ksh366 billion. This reflected the cash flow burden by business and workers to settle debts.

    Speaking to in a past interview, Dr Mucheru Wang’ombe noted that the trend mainly falls on the youth.

    She urged family members to always show support to one another by listening to each other’s woes without being judgemental or dismissive. 

    She also noted that paying attention to signs such as increased drug abuse and alcohol, aggressive behaviour, dramatic mood swings and withdrawing away from family, might be key to preventing such cases from occurring.

    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
    Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) building in Nairobi.
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