City businessman and chairman of Kwagalana group Godfrey Kirumira has come under public criticism for distancing himself from the Crane Bank saga.
Kwagalana is group that brings together Kampala wealthier business people with investment interests within the Central Business District.
According to the New Vision newspaper, Kirumira is implicated in some of the inside transactions which might have brought problems to the bank.
While appearing on BBS, a local television last week, Kirumira distanced himself saying he didn’t get money from the bank into his account. Insisting that if any such money was indeed transferred to his account, let such people implicating him bring evidence.
“I wasn’t a shareholder or partner in that bank and I didn’t sit on the board and so how do you implicate me in the Shs400 million saga. Instead there is someone who has influence in the media and he wanted to sell me his land he had got from Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) and I refused to buy the land that could be the reason I am being dragged in.) Kirumira said.
Kirumira without disclosing the name of the said person, whom he refers to as CEO, says that very person tried very hard to drag him into Kasiwukira murder.
However, a section of society believe Kirumira is trying to run away from this saga given that he is one of the close confidants of Mr. Sudhir Ruparelia.
A one Mugisha Ben wrote “If it is true that city businessman Godfrey Kirumira distanced himself from his longtime business friend Sudhir of defunct Crane bank in time of need to save his face is a fool 100 per cent and indeed a hypocrite.” Mugisha said
Adding “Who in Uganda does not know that the two were buddies? President Obote once said a good Muganda is a dead one, why denounce your friend at a time he needs you most?”
Attempts by EagleOnline to get a comment from Mr.Kirumira were futile as he didn’t answer his mobile phone.