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Sidik Mia’s estate to be probated outside court

Frank Mbeta

Abida Mia

In the matter concerning former Transport minister and Malawi Congress Party vice president, the late Mahomed Sidik Mia’s estate, parties to the case have resolved to settle the matter outside court, documents that The Daily Times has seen indicate.

Wife to the late Sidik Mia, Abida, had earlier on objected to claims on the Mia Estate by Fatra Mia, who claims to be the late Mia’s second wife.

In the earlier notice, Abida claimed that Fatra could not claim to be a receiver of Sidik Mia’s Estate because her wedding to Mia was not binding.

But, according to latest court documents we have seen, both parties (Abida and Fatra) have agreed on an out-of-court settlement.

“Upon execution of this agreed settlement order, the matter shall stand wholly and permanently withdrawn,” reads the court document we have seen on the matter.

Lawyer representing Abida in the matter Frank Mbeta confirmed the development.

Mbeta said, moving forward, both parties shall now appoint persons or representatives who shall apply to the High Court of Malawi’s Probate Division as personal representatives of the estate of the late Mahomed Sidik Mia.

“I can confirm that both parties in the case have resolved to settle the matter out of the courts,” Mbeta said.

The court order, dated May 24 2021, informs representatives of both parties to lodge the application for letters of administration within the next 10 days.

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