City socialite, Bryan Kirumira alias Bryan White raised eyebrows and created a security situation on Sunday afternoon when he blocked Kalerwa roundabout on Kampala-Gayaza road ahead of the president’s visits to Kasangati town.
According to eyewitnesses, Kirumira who was walking in the company of several youths, parked his vehicle in the middle of the road at Kalerwe and started walking on foot for about ten minutes before the president’s convoy arrived.
Museveni was dashing from a fundraising at Namungoona Orthodox Church on his way to Kasangati to launch a book commemorating his contributions to the Muslim community in Uganda. Ibrahim Kasenge, a vendor at Kalerwe market, says Kirumira’s appearance at Kalerwa roundabout took security officers by surprise.
Kasenge says some youths rushed thinking it was Bobi Wine who had showed up only to find Kirumira moving with his gang. Abdul Kaweesi, another eye witness says police officers fidgeted to remove Kirumira’s vehicle and clear the way for the president before UPDF officers arrived to arrest the situation.
The president’s motorcade arrived minutes after the road was cleared by bikers who were showcasing various stunts. Kirumira’s conduct generated mixed reactions from the public with some, saying the socialite who is close to the president and is known for dishing out cash but with no known source of income, seems to be yearning for a comeback to the limelight after months of silence.
“Some people have been all over social media saying that White when bankrupt. Now they are going to mute,” one of the residents who identified himself as King Ali said.
Alex Lugemwa, a taxi driver at Kasangati stage criticized Kirumira’s action, saying if it was another person who had blocked the road, he would have been dead or nursing wounds in hospital.
“We have heard very many people caned by officers for their refusal to respect the president’s right of way but who is Bryan White to do this. What makes him exceptional?” asked Lugemwa.