Money ‘mishandled’ at Ugandan celebrity’s funeral

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A Ugandan man has filed a court petition to demand the exhumation of the body of flamboyant businessman Ivan Ssemwanga so that money he was buried with on Tuesday is retrieved.

The petitioner, Abey Mgugu, said the money which was dropped into the coffin as it was being lowered into the grave reflected wastage and was a violation of the socio-economic rights of Ugandans.

Mr Mgugu also wants the funeral company involved in the burial to be declared culpable by negligence for failing to ensure “respect” for money was maintained.

It is not clear how much money was buried but it is reported that Ugandan shillings, South African rands and US dollars were thrown into the grave.

Ssemwanga, who was 39 at the time of his death, was famous for his partying lifestyle. He led the so-called Rich Gang, a group of wealthy men in Uganda.

Local media reports that police have been guarding his grave, in case intruders try to exhume the body and steal the expensive coffin and the money.


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