Bryan White given 10 days to file defence in car dispute case

SCANDAL | Socialite Brian Kirumira, alias Bryan White, has 10 days to file his defence on allegations of failing to pay $160,000 (about Shs590 million) for a car in his possession, court has said.

The Commercial Division of the High Court was due to hear an application from Bryan White leave on Wednesday but the socialite’s lawyer, John Bulungu, raised concerns that the car in question is not in his names and that the price was way higher than its value.

“My client does not even have the car. It was impounded by the complainant who is also the seller thus we seek for leave of court to file our defence,” Bulungu said.

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The car, a Mercedes Benz registration number UBA 063J, was impounded and is being kept at Jinja Road Police Station, allegedly on the orders of Alex Binyenda, the businessman who transacted it with Bryan White.

However, Binyenda’s lawyer Anthony Wameli denied ever impounding or having any problem transferring the car in the names of Bryan White.

Wameli told the court that Binyenda, the majority shareholder of Internal Security Systems Uganda Limited, has no problem changing ownership of the car in Bryan White’s name but added that the only problem is payment.

The trial Judge David Wangutusi agreed with Bulungu’s submissions and told them to file their defence within 10 days from November 28.

In his main case, Binyenda claims that on May 15, 2018, Bryan White, by agreement, purchased his motor vehicle Registration No. UBA 063 J, Mercedes Benz at Shs900 million.

He says that Bryan White paid over Shs300 million in cash, leaving a balance of over Shs500 million and immediately upon executing the said agreement, Bryan White took possession of the car and has been using it.

“I kept demanding for the balance from Bryan White but he kept dodging and hiding from me,” reads in part Binyenda’s claim.

Binyenda claims that, despite several demands, the defendant has refused, failed or neglected to pay his balance of over Shs500 million and, as a result, he has been deprived of his right to have and use his money.

He contends that Bryan White’s actions amount to breach of contract for which he is liable to pay him the outstanding balance of about Shs500 million, interest on the said amount at a rate of 25% from May 22, 2018, till payment in full is completed.

He also wants the socialite to incur the cost of the suit.

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