- Bank of Uganda and A-Plus funeral management dragged to court over the late Ivan “Don” Ssemwanga
- Bank of Uganda makes statement, warns on misuse of the Uganda shilling note
- New Bank of Uganda Act in offing
A concerned citizen, a one Abey Mgugu, has dragged A-Plus funeral management and Bank of Uganda to the High Court seeking orders that the body of late Ivan Ssemwanga be exhumed and all the currency notes that were buried with him removed.
Mgugu argues that the purposes of the said monies put into the grave were misused.
“Burying a dead body with money is a wastage of public property which violates social and economic rights of other people,” he argued.
Mgungu wants an order that the said money be put back into circulation for purposes of respecting the currency of Uganda and other countries like South Africa and the United States of America.
Mgugu wants a declaration that Bank of Uganda willfully and negligently failed to ensure the respect of the said currencies and is also seeking a declaration that he be allowed to recover the money from the grave on behalf of Ugandans.
On Tuesday this week at Nakaliro village in Kayunga, socialites of the so called Rich Gang team, were seen throwing money into their colleague Ivan Ssemwanga’s grave, an act for which Mgugu seeks general damages.
Ivan Ssemwanga,39, died on Wednesday May 25, 2017 at Steve Biko Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa where he was based. Semwanga was one of the members of the self styled Rich Gang group well known in both South Africa and Uganda.
Ssemwanga was a former husband to another city socialite Zari “Boss Lady” Hassan, with whom they had three boys. She is now in a relationship with Tanzanian celebrated musician Diamond Platnumz.
Bank of Uganda makes statement
Bank of Uganda has come out with a statement on the reported incident at the burial of Ssemwanga.
“It has come to our notice that Uganda shilling notes were thrown into a grave during a recent burial ceremony,” BOU said in a statement posted on social media.
The statement added that “the money, which was so mishandled, is likely to be defaced, soiled or damaged; and thereby no longer serve the purpose for which it was intended.”
“Accordingly, the public is urged strongly to refrain from any act, conduct or use of shilling notes and coins for purposes other than those for which the national currency is intended; or in a manner that results in the defacing, soiling or damaging of the Uganda shilling currency notes and coins.”
The statement mentioned proposed amendments to the Bank of Uganda Act, which BOU said, will include a clause that will criminalize any practices such as defacing, soiling, mutilation or other forms of disrespect to the national currency.