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Ugandan man moves to court to have monies buried with Ssemwanga recovered

A man has filed a petition in a Ugandan court seeking to have Bank of Uganda to exhume the body of Ugandan businessman Ivan Ssemwanga and recover all the money buried in his grave.

The petitioner, Abey Mgugu, argues that the currency, believed to be in Ugandan shillings, South African Rand and US Dollars, need to be removed.

“The purposes of the said monies put into the grave were misused and there was wastage of public property thereby violating social and economic rights of other people,” he said.

During the businessman’s burial last Tuesday at his ancestral home in Kayunga district, Nakalilo village, members his Rich Gang associates poured expensive champagne and splashed money in his grave.


The group, popular in Uganda and South Africa for its expensive lifestyle, sent-off their leader in a fashion that left mourners amazed.

The floor of the white and black tiled grave was filled with denominations of Ugandan shillings, South African Rand and US Dollars.

The petitioner also wants a declaration that he be allowed to recover the money from the grave on behalf of Ugandans.

He wants the civil court to declare that Bank of Uganda negligently failed to ensure that the country’s currency and that of other countries.