The family of Zimbabwe ’ s founding President, the late Robert Mugabe, has failed to locate an inheritance will for the distribution of the national hero’s estate, a development that has prompted the Master of High Court to call for an edict meeting this week to appoint an executor.
Mugabe died in Singapore on September 6 this year after battling prostate cancer for at least 13 years.
His daughter, Bona Nyepudzai Mutsahuni- Chikore, notified the Master’s Office on October 21 and disclosed that her father had $10 million in a CBZ Bank nostro account and a number of immovable and movable properties.
The properties declared by Mutsahuni-Chikore are:
l House Number 129 Forbes
l Villa Number 65, Gunhill
l Number 27 Quorn Avenue,
l Lot GB Helensvale and
Lot 1 of subdivision B of
Sub G of Helensvale
l Highfield Farm
l Zvimba rural farming plot
(about 5 acres)
l Zvimba rural home (one hectare)
l Zvimba orchard (about five
l 10 cars
Grace Mugabe was listed as the sole surviving spouse while Bona, Robert, Bellarmine and Russel Goreraza were listed as Mugabe’s surviving children.
The Mugabe family lawyer Mr Terrence Hussein of Hussein Ranchod & Company wrote to the Master of High Court Eldard Mutasa asking him to register the death of Mugabe.
Hussein indicated that no will had been found and messages had already been sent to other law firms in town to establish if the late former President had not left a will.
“Kindly register the estate. Thus far, we have not been able to locate a will, but have sent out enquiries to other law firms, although the family members are not aware of any.
“In this regard, perhaps the estate may be treated as intestate for now,” the letter reads.
To that end, the Master’s Office has invited the Mugabe family members and their lawyers to an edict meeting tomorrow to discuss the appointment of an executor.
Legal experts said the initial inventory by the informant at the registration of the estate can be amended at any stage in the event that the informant would have either deliberately or mistakenly left out some assets relevant to the estate.
Wellington Pasipanodya of Manase & Manase Legal Practitioners said deliberately leaving out some assets in the inventory was criminal.
“If the assets are left out intentionally, that is fraud and it is imperative upon any of the beneficiaries to bring that information to the attention of the Master.
“The fraudster will be liable for criminal prosecution. Further, in terms of Section 13 of the Administration of Estates Act, the culprit will forfeit all benefits arising from the omitted assets,” Pasipanodya said.—Herald