Socialite Bryan White arrested, Mukula and other creditors storm police

Friday November 22 2019

Socialite Brian Kirumira alias Bryan White.

Socialite Brian Kirumira alias Bryan White. FILE PHOTO  

By ANDREW BAGALA

Kampala socialite Brian Kirumira alias Bryan White creditors have flocked the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters after his arrest on allegations of obtaining goods by false pretence.
Mr Kirumira’s landlord and Captain Mike Mukula, the chairman of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) in Eastern Uganda are some of the people who rushed to CID headquarters with claims of over Shs1 billion in unpaid money.
The CID spokesperson, Assistant Superintendent of Police Charles Twine, said Mr Kirumira is being held for obtaining vehicles by false pretence.

"He says he got vehicles from one Yassah Matovu Seguya and made all payments and provided receipt of payment in the banks. But the receipts he provided are said to be those of earlier transactions, which brings in an element that before he got the cars he had premeditated mind with intent to defraud Seguya of his goods," ASP Twine said.

The vehicles were tracked by Interpol but were not cleared by their country of destination as required by the new international standards. However, later it was found out that this was used as a decoy to impound the vehicles.
Police raided Kirumira’s home in Buziga in Makindye on Friday morning and impounded two vehicles. The third car was tracked and intercepted along Entebbe Road.

Each vehicle costs around Shs350m.
Detectives want to establish how Mr Kirumira came into possession of the luxurious cars.
This is the second time police are conducting a related operation at Mr Kirumira’s home in just one year.
In July 2018, police raided the socialite’s home and impounded a luxurious Mercedes Benz Cross Country on allegations that he acquired it fraudulently.

It was alleged that Mr Kirumira bought a Mercedes Benz Cross Country and paid only US$100,000 of US$250,000 (about Shs930,146,032).
He allegedly promised to pay the balance, which he did not, prompting the former owner to report a criminal case of obtaining goods by false pretence against Mr Kirimira.

Captain Mukula told detectives that Kirumira took his two vehicles and promised to pay a balance of about Shs200 million but didn't.
Mr Kirumira’s landlord also appeared at CID and asked police officers to help him get his Shs500 million in rent arrears and also evict him from his home.
ASP Twine said they are looking into the cases.
Efforts to get a comment from Mr Kirumira about the incident were futile because he was still being grilled by detectives by the time of filing this story.

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