Activist Abbey Mgugu has dragged the Bank of Uganda and A’Plus Funeral Management to court over the burying of Ivan Ssemwanga with money.
According to an application filed in the High Court today, Ngugu wants the respondents to be ordered to remove the Uganda Shillings, South African Rands and United States Dollars and other currencies that were placed in the grave and buried along with late Ssemwanga’s body.
He argues that it is for purposes of respecting the Uganda currency as well as money for other countries. “The respondents open Ivan Ssemwanga’s grave to remove money he was buried with back into circulation,” reads part of the application.
Mgugu further requests for a declaration that Bank of Uganda willfully or negligently failed to ensure respect of monetary currency of Uganda and other countries. “The applicant be allowed to recover all the said monies on behalf of the Republic of Uganda and other respective countries.” He also asks for punitive and exemplary damages and costs.
Meanwhile, there is also another application in court by activist Gideone Tugume, who also made similar requests.
He wants Ssemwanga’s body exhumed so as to have the legal tender buried to be brought back in circulation.
“They are throwing in between 15 and 16 million,” Tugume said, although the exact amount of money is not known.
“They are putting the lives of the family of Ssemwanga at risk. Who is going to keep on manning this grave? That means people will have to come and dig Ssemwanga out” he added.