Dollars with the Dead! Lawyer seeks reopening of Billionaire’s grave to bring out buried money

Ivan-Semwanga-sitting-on-his-Lamborghini (Pix credit: Punch metro)

A lawyer in Uganda has petitioned the court asking for the grave of South-African based late 39-year-old billionaire, Ivan Semwanga, to be forced open so as to retrieve large amount of money alleged to be about 100 million Ugandan Shillings (about $27,763) which the deceased’s friends buried him with.

Punch metro reports that the lawyer, Tugume Gideon, had deposed that Semwanga was buried with money, a legal tender that no one is allowed to hoard.

Ugandan media reports that Gideon had sued to have the grave opened and the money removed, claiming that the money is a legal tender and should not be locked down with anyone.

It could be recalled that the late billionaire who was a Ugandan-born business man based in South Africa, was declared dead on May 25, 2017 after spending 11 days in Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, where he had been admitted and put on life support machines.

The late billionaire’s close friends who call themselves the “Rich Gang,” had surrounded the late billionaire’s grave, poured hundreds of notes into it, along with bottles of  champagnes, when he was being buried on Tuesday, May 30, at his home in Kayunga, Uganda.

It was gathered that the Rich Gang 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.

Semwanga’s ex-wife, Zari Hassan, said the deceased was fond of telling her, “Life is too short, Zee, let me live it to the fullest.” They had three sons together.

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See photos of Ivan Semwanga and his Rich Gang when he was alive:

Semwanga in front of his house (Pix credit: Punch metro)

Semwanga and his guys. They call themselves ‘The Rich Gang’ and they are very popular in Uganda and South Africa (Pix credit: Punch metro)

Ivan Semwanga standing in front of his house, beside one of his cars (Pix credit: Punch metro)

 

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Chinenye Nwabueze

Nwabueze is a communication researcher with several years of lecturing experience in Nigerian universities.

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  1. Why bury the dead with money while the living suffer??? The money shud be removed and used for a better thing.

  2. Nnaemena Blessing O

    They should bring out the money and share it to the orphans

  3. Nwankwo onyinye grace

    Is not a big deal…. Because some people will still open that catacombs to collect the money….. If only the money is still there sha… So hilarious

  4. Why are they giving the dead money when the living are looking for them whereas the dead don’t need the money something need to be done about it o.

  5. Emechebe chiamaka precious

    by right it his property.but d act is insane wen d less privilege nd orphan are every were

  6. obidigbo ifeoma Christabel

    people are there suffering to survive, while they bury someone with such amount, I still don’t think it’s necessary to reopen the grave because the money must have been eaten up by worms and ant.

  7. it is an crazy act. to bury someone with money while orphans need it (80) Nwafor prisca chiamaka 2015054129

  8. Lol.. maybe the dead use money in their own land

  9. Vanity unpon vanity..the rich gang idea of a befitting berial for their friend was way too far out of line and do they ever read their bible # from bust to bust…i really feel its a wast of resources.no disrespect for the dead but I think that money should be pulled out to better lives..ugannda should not fold hands and watch..its not like they don’t need extra cash.

  10. Obagha Augustine amaechi

    Bro was shock when I heard you are dead, you are philanthropist and guy with kind heart? If na 9ija dem no need permission to exhume the body, one night the body and the casket go disappear,

  11. Uzor Cecilia Ifunanya

    hahahahaha this is madness

  12. Udekwe precious nneka

    Why bury the dead with money this is madness

  13. umeh blessing chinelo

    this called stupidity of d highest order 2015054106

  14. As they say death respects no one, why bury the money when its not going to be put to use?
    Group number: 15A
    Quiz number: 20

  15. Onuorah Adaeze Chidimma

    There is indeed absurdity in this how can money be buried with the dead it’s actually stupidity , millions of people are in the world dying out of hunger and starvation the money should be excavated and brought out and used in doing meaningful things
    Quiz number 108
    Group number 3

  16. Udogu Ogechi Victory

    This is stupid. how could the bury the money with the dead when there are people who is in need of the money.

  17. Udogu Ogechi Victory

    This is stupid. how could the bury the money with the dead when there are people who is in need of the money. 2016054141. group1

  18. this is ridiculous, burying money with d dead
    reg no: 2016054050
    quiz no:118

  19. I believe that’s stupidity
    quiz no64

  20. I thought that act has been stopped a long time ago,burying someone with money,that’s really unfair. For God sake people are suffering and here are they burying a dead person with money,is it for termites to feast on or for his forefathers to feast
    on.
    Quiz no:72
    Group 1

  21. This is called ignorance,how can dead body buried with money,while can them use the money to do better things.
    quiz no:98
    group8

  22. Vanity upon vanity. All is vanity

  23. wonders shall never cease to end o

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