Ugandan socialite and current Brooklyn City College CEO Zari Hassan has disclosed that her late ex-husband Ivan Ssemwanga left debts when he passed on.

In an interview with Tanzania’s Millard Ayo TV, Zari who spoke on the property left by Ivan said that he left two incomplete hotels in Uganda, which had cost him a total of Sh515 million.

She went on to say that after his death, the project stalled because there was a lot of things going on and debts that needed to be paid.

 Ivan Ssemwanga  and Zari Hassan. Ivan left debts when he died – Zari Hassan

Zari added that she has been working hard to repay the debts left by Ivan, because if she did not pay them, they would have lost everything, including cars, houses and the incomplete hotel in Uganda.

Uganda kuna unfinished hotel, they’re two big buildings worth 5 million Dollars and uncompleted and at this rate. Hio project unajua vile Ivan amefariki kumekuwa na vitu vingi, madeni kidogo unajua nilikuwa nimeweka bidii sana kuona hizi deni zimelipwa. Tungekuwa hatujalipa hizi deni nyumba zingekuwa zimeenda, hio hoteli Uganda ingekuwa imeenda, vitu vingi vingekuwa vimeenda lakini vile amefariki nimejitahidi sana,” said Zari.

Zari Hassan (Instagram)

The mother of five also made it clear that if she was not a smart woman, two years down the line, their school would have been closed down a long time ago and she would not have anything.

Watu wakisema oh pesa za urithi huwezi hata kama umewacha mamilioni ukawachia mwanamke mjinga sasa hivi miaka miwili hivyo vitu vikawa bado vipo. Shule ingekuwa ishafunga, gari hazipo, majumba hayapo, yaani kila kitu,” she added.

Zari's late ex-husband Ivan Ssemwanga

Zari Hassan in the interview also mentioned that she met her late ex-husband Ivan Ssemwanga when they both had nothing and they worked to build what they currently have, insisting that people only knew the rich Ivan, one who would throw cash around in parties.

Mimi na Ivan tumekutana when we had nothing, we hustled our way to build this empire that is still standing today the legacy.” she said.