Fidelis Munyoro Chief Court Reporter
Former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru has been summoned to an edict meeting set for today at the High Court to appoint an executor of the estate of her late husband General Solomon Tapfumaneyi Mujuru.
Relatives and other interested parties have also been advised to attend the crucial meeting.
Gen Mujuru died in an inferno at his Ruzambo Farm in Beatrice in 2011.
He is believed to have had many children out of wedlock, with some of the children reportedly now living in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Master of the High Court Mr Eldard Mutasa yesterday confirmed that the edict meeting will be held today.
“We have already notified the family of this meeting through their lawyers Kantor and Immerman,” said Mr Mutasa.
“The purpose of the meeting is to appoint an executor dative who will administer this estate,” read the invitation.
“We will also discuss the assets and liabilities of the estate, identify potential beneficiaries and any other business relating to the estate. Please inform the next of kin, deceased’s relatives and any or interested parties about the date and time of the meeting so that they can also attend.”
The edict meeting comes at a time when Dr Mujuru reportedly challenged those who are claiming to be Gen Mujuru’s children born out of wedlock to undergo paternity tests as the fight for the national hero’s estate gets nasty. Gen Mujuru’s estate is believed to run into billions of dollars.
He was ranked among the richest Zimbabweans with business interests cutting across almost all sectors of the economy, from diamonds to chrome.
General Mujuru’s will has disappeared, forcing one of his children Tendai to seek legal action after the national hero’s widow failed to register his estate in terms of the law.
According to the Administration of Estate Act Chapter 601 Section 5, the estate should have been registered within 14 days of Gen Mujuru’s death.
Dr Mujuru was supposed to have registered the Estate in her capacity as the closest person to the deceased, although the law does not bar intended beneficiaries from doing so.