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 house being used as sex slaves.
The National Bureau for Non-Governmental Organizations
has cancelled the operating license of Bryan White Foundation, an
organization belonging to Kampala socialite Bryan Kirumira.
Speaking to reporters at the Uganda Media Centre in
Kampala today, Patrick Onen Ezaga, the Senior Communication Officer of the NGO Bureau said that they had received a letter from the vice-chairperson of parliament's Human Rights Committee complaining about Bryan White's action. This prompted the bureau to investigate the organization which was registered
in January 2019.
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
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.
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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
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