Mujuru stalls sharing General’s estate
Dr Mujuru

Mujuru stalls sharing General’s estate

Lincoln Towindo
ZIMBABWE People First leader Dr Joice Mujuru stands accused of withholding vital information about her late husband General Solomon Mujuru’s vast empire, stalling finalisation of the estate.
Information at hand indicates Dr Mujuru is not co-operating with the estate executor, Mr Stern Mufara, who is being barred from accessing Ruzambo Farm in Beatrice where he intends to transfer movable property into the estate before paying off compensation to the former owners of the farm in line with a court judgment.
Last year, the estate was ordered to pay the former owners of Ruzambo farm —Hanagwe Investments — US$1,5 million.
Gen Mujuru sat on the matter from 2004 until his death in August 2011.
Assistant Master of the High Court Mr Simon Madi wrote to Mr Mufara last month asking him to expedite conclusion of probate to pave way for sharing of Gen Mujuru’s estate among his children and wives.
But Dr Mujuru is said to have instructed her lawyers not to attend a meeting called by the Master of High Court on September 15, 2015 and there has been progress since on finalising the late general’s estate.
Sources said most of the late general’s investments were registered in names of third parties making it difficult to identify the properties.
Gen Mujuru is said to have had investments in mining, real estate, agriculture and tourism; covering River Ranch Diamond Mine, Zimbabwe Mining and Smelting Company, Marange Diamonds, Trojan Mine, Kulmic Investments and Ruzira Properties, as well as stakes in hotels and lodges in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Mozambique.
He is said to have owned several farms.
Around 20 children — some whose paternity Dr Mujuru is contesting — and two wives are set to benefit from the estate.

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  • Tanetanazvo

    There are some questions that need to be answered. How did the man, a penniless ex-combatant, amass such wealth soon after returning to Zimbabwe? Fact is he was in charge of paying stipends and de-mobilisation payouts to our liberation fighters. Its an open secret that some of the comrades involved in paying ex-fighters bought houses in affluent suburbs, and buildings in the CBD (one which the government later bought from this comrade). And, in one case a trunk full of cash fell from the ceiling of the house belonging to one of these people who worked in the pay masters’ department which was directly under the late general. Many comrades were never paid. Was this money which they took back, after not disbursing it, ever accounted for or did it end up in some pockets taking into account that the money (in trunks) was kept in offices? Was this the money used to buy up towns, houses, commercial buildings or farms and mines? Did these comrades short-change and confine their fellow fighters to the poverty that still hounds them today? Shouldn’t this be investigated and if fraud is proven aren’t the ex-fighters entitled to a major portion of this estate? Is this why the estate is shrouded in mystery – maybe it was to hide and prevent the tracing of the source of funds. What and how much does Mai Mujuru know? It seems she is doing her best to keep the lid on the can of worms by inventing intricate ways to keep the true worth of the estate hidden. Is she worried about the dust that will be raised?

    • karombe

      icho ndicho chokwadi. my concern is zvinhu zvodzoka sei kuvene. how can a criminal charge be levelled against this person post humuosly zvinhu zvotorwa ne state. ndivo vanhu vauyisa hurombo muzimbabwe