Court petitioned to exhume the body of Zari Hassan’s ex-husband, Ivan Ssemwanga


A concerned Ugandan has petitioned court to order Bank of Uganda and A-plus Funeral Services to exhume the body of the late Ivan Ssemwanga and remove all the currencies he was buried with, New Vision reports.

Abey Mgugu argues that money, believed to be in Ugandan currency, South African Rand and United State dollars, need to be removed.

“The purposes of the said monies put into the grave were misused and there was wastage of public property thereby violating social and economic rights of other people,” he said.

He also wants a declaration that he be allowed to recover the money from the grave on behalf of Ugandans.

He wants the civil court to declare that BOU negligently failed to ensure that the country’s currency and that of other countries.

Ivan Ssemwanga was buried on Tuesday, May 30 at his ancestral home in Kayunga district, Nakalilo village.

His rich gang goup members splashed money at his grave.

According to Mgugu who claims to have attended the pompous burial, denominations of Ush10,000 (Ksh300), 20,000 (Ksh600) and 50,000 (Ksh1, 400) were thrown in the grave.

Currencies of other countries such South Africa and US were also thrown into the grave.

The burial of Ivan Ssemwanga was attended by wealthy persons drawn from the entertainment industry to the business world in the East African nation christened The Pearl of Africa.

High-end car models from renowned automobile manufacturers such as Mercedes, Toyota, Audi, Hummer, just to mention but a few, snaked their way to Nakalilo Village, where Ivan Ssemwanga was laid to rest.

Interestingly, nearly all the top-of-the-range cars had personalized license plates.

Jack Pemba, Lwasa, Mugisha and musician Bebe Cool were among the silk-stocking personalities who attended Ivan Ssemwanga’s burial.

Money of unknown value was thrown into Ivan Ssemwanga’s grave as preparations for his send-off were underway Tuesday morning.

Ivan Ssemwanga died at a South African hospital on Thursday, May 25 following a heart-related complication.


Born on December 12, 1977 in Kayunga district, Ssemwanga left for South Africa to find his footing in 2002, transiting through Zambia. He reportedly settled in Pretoria.

Not much is known about how Ssemwanga acquired his wealth, with various accounts suggesting he was one of the Sangomas (native healers) who targeted rich clientele, but other reports say he operated a string of schools in South Africa that he inherited from a white couple he previously worked for.

For one who lived a hi-octane nocturnal life, especially when in Kampala, he did not have many encounters with the law, says New Vision.

However, in December 2015, he was arrested on suspicion of phone theft and booked at Jinja Road Police Station under a case filed under number: GEF/110/2015.

A businessman and car dealer, Gadhafi Sadat Serusiba, a close friend of Diamond, accused Ivan of stealing his IPhone 6, $6,000 (Ksh620, 000), Ksh86, 000 and a wrist watch valued at Ksh86, 000. This was after Ssemwanga ordered his minders to beat Serusiba to pulp for invading his privacy.

The two settled the case out of court.




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