Bank of Uganda sued over money buried in Ivan grave

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The late Ivan Ssemwanga

A concerned Ugandan has petitioned court to exhume the Late businessman, Ivan Ssemwanga’s body to remove the money buried with him.

The incident happened in Kayunga district on Tuesday when Rich Gang members used millions of money to form a carpet for Ssemwanga’s coffin while burying him.

Mourners were caught on camera splashing money [believed to have been at least Shs15m] at people on their way to Kayunga and later in the grave of the deceased socialite.

They also opened bottles of champagne to accompany the bundles of money already thrown inside his grave.

Ugandan sues bank of Uganda

In his petition received by the court registrar on June 2, 2017, Abbey Mgugu dragged A Plus Funeral Management Co. Ltd and Bank of Uganda [BoU] to the High Court in Kampala citing Act 50, 42, 17 (a), (d) and (i) of the Constitution section 98 of the Civil Procedure Act and Order 52 Rule 1, 2, 3 of the Civil Procedure Rules.

Mgugu contends that all the currencies of Uganda shillings, South African Rand and United States dollars and/or other currency that was put/placed in the grave and buried along with late Ivan Ssemwanga’s body be removed by ordering the respondents to exhume the said late; for purposes of respecting currency of Uganda and other countries.

He wants the respondents to open the grave to remove money Ssemwanga was buried with and put it back into circulation.

He accuses Bank of Uganda of wilfully/negligently failing to ensure the respect of monetary current of Uganda and other countries.

“The applicant be allowed to recover the said monies on behalf of the republic of Uganda and other countries,” the petition reads in part.

In his Suit No. 196, Mgugu demands punitive and exemplary damages and costs to be awarded to him for the petition.

Court is yet to set a date for hearing of the case.

Meanwhile, the family hired Uganda police to guard the grave of the late socialite so people don’t exhume the body to steal the coffin and money that was buried with Ssemwanga.

Jimmy Luyinda, an uncle to the Ssemwanga says security is to remain at the grave until the family builds a wall around Ssemwanga’s grave.

Ssemwanga died at Steven Biko Hospital in Pretoria South Africa.

He left three children who are currently under the care of his former wife, Zarinah Tlale Hassan.