Zari Hassan set the record straight about claims that she started dating Shakib Cham Lutaaya while he was employed as a watchman by her late husband Ivan Ssemwanga.
Speaking to Ugandan media on Thursday, May 4, 2023, Zari admitted that she dated Shakib way back before they went their separate ways only to reunite in 2022.
"I dated Shakib way back and then we went separate ways. I don't know how we found each other again. And then coming back together one year later and it's like 'you know what? I am gonna make you my wife'. That's it. We didn't talk for a while then all over a sudden we come back together a year after getting back together and we get married. If it's not God, I mean what do you call that?" Zari said.
Zari further strongly denied claims that she started dating Shakib while he was employed as a watchman by her late husband Ivan Ssemwanga.
"We need to address this. I've seen [people saying] that Shakib used to be our gateman. He used to work for Ivan," Zari said.
"To set the record straight, Shakib has never worked for Ivan. Shakib was never our gateman while I was with Ivan. Shakib never worked for Ivan or me or any of our companies," she added.
The Ugandan socialite raised eyebrows in October 2022 when she disclosed in a post on social media that Shakib and her were celebrating their fourth anniversary together.
“Four years together..🥂❤,” Zari wrote.
Zari's revelation meant that Shakib and her started dating in October 2018.
Zari dated multiple men from October 2018 to date. She dumped Diamond on Valentine’s Day February 14, 2018.
After breaking up with Diamond, Zari got married to a man she only identified as King Bae on Mandela Day July 18 2019. He was said to be a South African.
Zari quickly moved on with 'Dark Stallion' after her marriage to King Bae hit rock bottom.
After Dark Stallion, Zari hooked up with GK Choppa - a Ugandan based in South Africa.
The Ugandan socialite is thought to have started dating GK Choppa, who was also younger than her, since January 2022 when their romantic photos surfaced online.
The mother of five didn’t post GK Choppa until their romantic photos leaked and blogs ran away with the story.
However, in April 2022, Zari deleted all of GK Choppa from her social media accounts after they broke up.
Zari quickly moved on with Shakib Cham Lutaaya after breaking up with GK Choppa. Photos of Zari and Shakib hit the internet in May 2022.
The socialite was first seen with Shakib in May 2022 while partying at a beach in Dar es Salaam.
Zari was seen sitting on a young man’s lap while partying at Kidimbwi beach. The Ugandan socialite raised eyebrows as she was also seen erotically grinding on Shakib who was still not known to the public at that time.
Zari, 42, got married to her sweetheart Shakib, 32, in a private ceremony in April 2023.
The two lovebirds got married in a low-key very simple Muslim wedding that was held in a house.
Videos showed Zari and Shakib exchanging vows while kneeling on the floor as they were surrounded by only a handful of people.
The two lovebirds were also seen celebrating after they officially became husband and wife.
Zari recently referred to herself by her husband’s surname following her wedding.
The mother of five took to social media to announce that she is now Mrs Lutaaya.