Young Billionaire Buried With Dollars And Champagne
Ivan Semwanga, the billionaire ex-husband of Uganda’s show-biz stunner, Zari Hassan, was on May 30th, laid to rest at his ancestral home at Naklilo village, Kayunga District.
During the burial ceremony, the rich and showy colleagues of Semwanga, who is known for his flamboyant and dramatic lifestyle, popped champagne and poured it into the grave. And instead of throwing handfuls of dust onto his coffin as is the Christian tradition, the ‘moneyed’ friends tossed wads of notes into the grave as they prepared to send him off to the great beyond.
The deceased, a 39-year-old Ugandan-born South Africa-based socialite, succumbed to death last Thursday, May 25, 2017, after 12 days in a coma at the Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria South Africa, where he had been admitted and put on life support machines.
Speaking at the burial of the socialite, the head of Dawa in Uganda, Sheikh Nuhu Muzaata, eulogized Semwanga as an “elephant” in the field; going by the huge media coverage he received since his death.
“Only a few people can achieve this kind of coverage. When an elephant dies, you cannot pronounce the death of a rabbit,” Sheikh Muzaata said, adding that Semwanga’s death had left a huge yawning gap on the social scene owing to his flamboyant and celebrated lifestyle.
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Hundreds attended the fallen socialite’s burial among whom were celebrities, family, friends and locals.
Ivan Semwanga until his death was one of the members of the self-styled Rich Gang group well known in both South Africa and Uganda. The group has graced several occasions both in Uganda and South Africa.
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According to reports, the group is based on both humanitarian and philanthropic principles which target less privileged youths, especially Ugandans living in South Africa.
Ivan Semwanga’s investments were said to be largely based in South Africa, comprising of tens of educational institutions. Unfortunately, his philanthropy, according to one of his kinsmen, was never extended to his people back in Uganda.
“I have been in this village for 35 years and seen Ivan grow up from a small boy to the rich man that he has become but he has not helped his family and village at all,” said 60-year-old Joseph Katabazi. He said Semwanga does not own any plot of land or even a simple house at his ancestral home save for the small old house that belonged to his grandmother; in which compound he was laid to rest.
Exhibiting his expensive lifestyle, Ivan Semwanga once tweeted about the secret to his silky skin, saying, “Since am Rich Gang CEO, I only use natural Artesian water to shower with.
“New #FijiWater special delivery for my shower purpose.
“Money is good, taking a shower with Fiji Water, sitting on Ac 24/7, eating gud, having money in my pocket 24/7 is the result of this smooth skin of mine.
“Try my secret n see what happens #RichSkin #HighMaintenanceSkin,” Ivan Semwanga.”
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On December 23, 2015, The Rich Gang hosted a showbiz party themed, ‘Money, Power and Fame’ where they were said to have showered their countrymen with money.
According to his ex-wife, Zari Hassan, Semwanga was fond of saying, “Life is too short, Zee, let me live it to the fullest.” They had three sons together.
In the video, the deceased Ugandan tycoon’s grave was seen surrounded by men in black who poured expensive wines and tons of money in it, covering the floor of the white and black tiled grave with denominations of Ugandan shillings, South African Rands and US dollars.
A Ugandan online medium claims that the late tycoon was buried with 100 million UGX (Ugandan Shilling) which is an equivalent of $27,763.
It added that the Rich Gang has hired four policemen for a period of four months to protect the grave from tomb raiders who may want to break in to steal the money and alcohol.
See the video and Semwanga’s life in pictures:
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