Tanzanian actress and businesswoman, Wema Sepetu, has sent a condolence message to Zari Hassan, her perceived nemesis, following the death of Ivan Ssemwanga, who is the father of Zari’s Hassan’s first three sons.
Ivan Ssemwanga, who was rushed to a South African hospital early last week in critical condition, succumbed to heart-related complications on Thursday morning, Zari Hassan confirmed.
Zari Hassan took to her official Instagram page on Thursday, May 25, to break the sad news to her fans.
She wrote: “God loves those that are special and that’s exactly who you were and I guess that’s why he wanted you to himself.
“You have touched and helped thousands, you did wonders and I remember you telling me: “Life is too short let me live it to the fullest.”
“This very dark hour it makes sense why you always said those words to me. To your sons, you were a hero-some kind of superman.
Anyone who has ever been in your presence knows what a charming person you were.
“You will be missed and remembered in so many ways. You were Ivan the great! Rest in peace Don.”
Zari Hassan and Ivan Ssemwanga, who broke up in November, 2014 have three sons together.
Zari Hassan is currently the partner of Tanzanian top artiste Diamond Platnumz.
Wema Sepetu, Diamond Platnumz’s ex-girlfriend, is the latest celebrity to condole with Zari Hassan’s family.
She wrote on Instagram: “Broken hearted…Rest in peace Ivan. Shocking news kwa kweli… My condolences to the whole family. Mungu awatie nguvu wale watoto jamani… They are too young… And Mungu amtie nguvu mama watoto wako… It will be a very hard period of time for all of you. But it shall pass…”
Zari Hassan and Wema Sepetu for a long time have been perceived to be enemies, given either of them has dated Diamond Platnumz. Reports were rife in the past that Diamond Platnumz’s mother, Sandra Sanura Kassim, would have loved a Wema-Diamond relationship and not the current Zari-Diamond.
The most recent report about Wema and Zari’s sour relationship emerged a few weeks ago, when the internet was awash with pictures, showing Diamond Platnumz and Wema Sepetu posing for pictures together at the birthday party of Diamond’s manager, Sallam Sharaff.
The rumour mill had it that the two were cozying up to each other, and a possible reunion was in the offing, leading to Zari moving out of a house she lives in together with Diamond Platnumz.
Diamond Platnumz debunked the reports.
“Of course in a relationship, couples must fight. But we haven’t fought to an extent where one of us moved out of the house. And the reports that Zari moved out of the house, after I rekindled a relationship with Wema Sepetu, are false. Differences bring forth what either of the couple likes or dislikes, when treated positively, they tend to build a strong relationship between partners,” said Diamond Platnumz.
Wema Sepetu had also in May 18 ruled out a possibility of getting back together with Diamond Platnumz.
Wema Sepetu was responding to a follower on Instagram who wanted her to publicly declare that she won’t meddle in Diamond Platnumz and Zari Hassan’s relationship.
“Baby, who told you that I want to get back together with Diamond Platnumz? Life has to go on (sic). That guy (Diamond Platnumz) has two kids for crying out loud. It is about time you guys accept that me and Naseeb (Diamond Platnumz’s real name) are no more. What you should be doing is praying for me to get a good man, not just any other man, but a man who is not famous; a man who is respectful. And my sister Mange Kimambi said: a man who is financially loaded!” said Wema Sepetu.
Diamond Platnumz and Wema Sepetu broke up in November, 2014 after a series of irreconcilable differences.
Diamond Platnumz would in December, 2014 hook up and kick off a relationship with Ugandan socialite and businesswoman Zari Hassan, with whom they now have two children together.
Wema Sepetu on the other hand, had been in an on-and-off relationship with 2014 Big Brother Africa winner, Idris Sultan.
The two would later break up in April, 2016.
Ever since, Wema Sepetu has been linked to different men including a Tanzanian MP, a wealthy Congolese man, a model known as Calisah; among other men.
She is yet to make known whom she is dating currently.