Celebrated Tanzanian singer Diamond Platnumz did not attend the burial of Ivan Ssemwanga despite an earlier promise he had made on national television.
Speaking on NTV on Friday, May 26, Diamond Platnumz, who performed at the Koroga Festival on Sunday, May 28, at Nairobi’s Carnivore, said he could not cancel the capital city’s concert despite the death of Ivan Ssemwanga, who was the ex-husband of his (Diamond’s) partner, Zari Hassan.
Ssemwanga succumbed to heart-related complications at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria South Africa on Thursday, May 25.
“It has been a difficult week for my family, especially Zari. But then I thought it would not be good to cancel my shows in Nairobi because we had planned the concerts a long time ago. But then, from here (Nairobi) I will be headed to Uganda to pay my last respects to Ivan,” announced Diamond Platnumz.
The singer, however, was nowhere to be seen when Ivan Ssemwanga was laid to rest at his Kayunga ancestral home on Tuesday, May 30.
Diamond Platnumz’s manager, Sallam Sharaff, told Clouds FM that the singer and his partner, Zari Hassan, had a miscommunication, which led to Diamond Platnumz failing to attend Ivan Ssemwanga’s burial.
“It is true we did not attend Ivan Ssemwanga’s burial. We were supposed to fly to Uganda on Tuesday dawn and meet up with Zari; then head, as a unit, to the burial venue, but Zari Hassan and family left for Ivan’s ancestral home in Kayunga on Monday, May 29. Our schedule and that of Zari seemingly did not coincide. We left Nairobi on Monday evening,” said Sallam Sharaff.
The Make Me Sing hit-maker’s manager further debunked social media reports that Diamond Platnumz did not attend Ivan Ssemwanga’s burial after he was barred from entering Uganda by airport officials due to security concerns.
Sallam said their main push to attend Ivan’s burial was because of Zari Hassan, whom he termed their person, and not because Diamond Platnumz wanted showbiz approval.
OF FLASHY CARS, MONEY IN GRAVE
Ugandan businessman Ivan Ssemwanga’s burial held on Wednesday, May 30, in Kayunga District in Central Uganda, 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 Muyenga 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.
His body was received by relatives at the Entebbe Airport on Sunday afternoon (May 28).
A night vigil followed at Ssemwanga’s family home in Muyenga Village, Kayunga District.
The Sunday vigil, however, turned chaotic after Ssemwanga’s relatives clashed with Zari Hassan, who is his ex-wife and mother of his three children, New Vision reports.
It was 9pm Sunday when Ssemwanga’s body arrived in Muyenga and some of his relatives hurled insults at Zari for being “bad mannered”
The fracas began when one of Ssemwanga’s sisters wanted to hug his children but Zari refused.
“Are we not your aunties? How can you do that to us, we didn’t know that you are such a bad woman Zari,” she shouted on top of her voice.
They were later calmed down by the MC, Meddie Nsereko, and Kwagalana Group chairman, Godfrey Kirumira, who talked to them.
Ssemwanga died at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa.
A funeral service was held yesterday (Monday, May 29) at the St. Paul’s Cathedral Namirembe, where hundreds of mourners graced the event.
THIS MAN IVAN SSEMWANGA
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.