The Non-Government Organisation Bureau has revoked the licence for the Bryan White Foundation started by socialite Brian Kirumira alias Bryan White.
The Senior Communications Officer, NGO Bureau, Mr Patrick Onen told journalists in Kampala that the foundation that was registered on January 22, 2019 with Brian Kirumira as its founder, was found, upon investigation with no office, and had never been registered as an accountable entity with financial intelligence authority, in regard with the anti-money laundering act 2013.
He says they have as such established that the foundation has been a sham and a one man show with hidden motives.
“It’s clear that Bryan White foundation is a one-man show organisation and a sham registered with possible hidden motives rather than for the stated objectives at registration. Based on these findings, the NGO Bureau has taken the decision the decision to revoke the permit of operation of Bryan White foundation and to cancel the certificate of registration. Therefore, the existence of Bryan White foundation as an organization recognized by the NGO bureau ceases with immediate effect,” he said.
The NGO Bureau gave the foundation a 30 day ultimatum starting July 22, 2020 to show evidence why the permit shouldn’t be revoked.
Bryan White had been accused by several girls of sexual harassment after he promised to help them. Some of the girls said they had spent months at Bryan White’s home being used as sex slaves.
The investigations found that whereas Bryan White Foundation was supposed to be a company limited by guarantee with a Board of Directors and other members who would meet annually for a general meeting, Bryan White was solely running the organization. Even the functions that it was licensed to perform like looking after orphans, widows and supporting youths to be self-reliant were never undertaken.
The organization also has no known physical address as the address it had indicated in its registration documents was only found to have a banner hanging in front of an unfinished building. The Foundation also didn’t have any significant transaction in the bank account save for a one-off case where Bryan White deposited and later withdrew 10 million Shillings.
It was after the discovery that the NGO Bureau tasked Kirumira to file an explanation about the operations of his organization. However, the July 22 letter went unanswered hence prompting them to revoke the permit of Bryan White Foundation and also cancel its certificate of registration.
The NGO board has also indefinitely suspended the the operation of another International NGO known as GiveDirectly, for failure to explain the source of its funding.
GiveDirectly is a nonprofit that lets donors send money directly to households in developing countries via mobile linked platforms. The organisation which targets extremely low-income households is currently active in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Morocco.
Recently, a total of 120,000 families in Uganda whose livelihoods have been negatively affected by Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic were listed to benefit from USD 10 million, approximately 36 billion Shillings’ direct cash transfers, to help them overcome the effects.
Investigations revealed that the organization was giving people money, which is likely to make them lazy, promote idleness, domestic violence, dependency syndrome and tension within neighbouring villages.
Additional reporting by URN