By Website writer
When Don Ivan Ssemwanga died on May 25, last years, South African based Cameroon Gitawo was among those who came out to help the orphans to his deceased friend.
He however faced resistance from Ssemwanga’s family with the widow, Zari Hassan and some of Ssemwanga’s family declaring they were self-sufficient and turned down his philanthropic gesture.
During the anniversary to celebrate Ivan’s life last week in Pretoria, South Africa, Gitawo gave sh20m towards week-long celebrations to mark the life of the deceased Don.
Our sources there reveal that two concurrent parties happened at Ivan’s home in Brooklyn, with another held at Zari’s residence.
However, with Zari once again turning down the help from Gitawo, he bankrolled the Brooklyn Party which was celebrated in “Rich Gang style”, with tribes of expensive booze and opulence on show.
When close friends chided him for spending lavishly and yet he is reportedly mired in debt, Gitawo responded: “I’ve realized that in this world, whereas we can amass many friends, none is in the mould of Ivan Ssemwanga (RIP). He was a special kind one who needs to be celebrated every year. Whenever I remember his good deeds, I’m persuaded to give abundantly,”
We’ve also learnt that the anniversary held at Zari’s home was heart-warming. Ssemwanga’s last born son Quincy has penned down a touching letter to his late father. He described him as caring and supportive. He wrote:
“IT’S BEEN A YEAR SINCE YOU LEFT US DAD. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT BIG SPECIAL SMILE OF YOURS, YOUR CARING HEART, THE WARM HUGS YOU ALWAYS GAVE US. YOU BEING THERE FOR MOM AND US THROUGH GOOD AND BAD TIMES NO MATTER WHAT. I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER YOU DAD BECAUSE THERE WILL NEVER BE ANOTHER ONE TO REPLACE YOU IN MY HEART AND THE LOVE I WILL ALWAYS HAVE FOR YOU. I LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER IVAN DON CONTINUE TO REST IN PEACE” QUINCY
Earlier, Zari wrote: “GOD LOVES THOSE THAT ARE SPECIAL AND THAT’S EXACTLY WHO YOU WERE & I GUESS THAT’S WHY HE WANTED YOU TO HIMSELF. YOU HAVE TOUCHED AND HELPED THOUSANDS, YOU DID WONDERS AND I REMEMBER YOU TELLING ME “LIFE IS TOO SHORT ZEE LET ME LIVE IT TO THE FULLEST”, THIS VERY DARK HOUR IT MAKES SENSE WHY YOU ALWAYS SAID THOSE WORDS TO ME. TO YOUR SONS, YOU WERE A HERO-SOME KIND OF SUPERMAN. ANYONE WHO HAS EVER BEEN IN YOUR PRESENCE KNOWS WHAT A CHARMING PERSON YOU WERE. YOU WILL BE MISSED AND REMEMBERED IN SO MANY WAYS. YOU WERE IVAN THE GREAT!”
The rich gang president succumbed to death after a heart attack at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital, Pretoria, South Africa.
He was buried in his ancestral home in Nakaliro village in Kayunga district.