Fight over late general's estate

HARARE - The widow of Vitalis Zvinavashe, the former army commander who died in 2009, has approached the High Court seeking an order to bar the late general’s first son from squandering trust funds.

Zvinavashe’s remains were interred at the Heroes Acre but, the dispute over his estate remains alive and is now playing out in court.

In a court application, the widow, Margret Zvinavashe (nee Mutamba) together with Clement Ruzengwe and Israel Mutumbwa claim Richard Zvinavashe is misusing trust funds.

The three are demanding an order for Richard to stop interfering with the management of Tynwald primary and secondary schools that are under a trust.

They also want him barred from accessing any trust funds without authorisation from the board as well as monitoring the trust’s books of accounts.

However, Richard argues that Ruzengwe and Mutumbwa’s term of office expired in April last year hence they had no power to make such an application.

“There is no trust resolution authorising the applicants to bring this application.

The master of High Court does not have jurisdiction to appoint or supervise the Trustees and or even to direct how they should operate except in insolvency.

“The application for an interdict has been prematurely filed as there are domestic remedies that can resolve this matter. The expiration of the term of office of first and second applicants (Ruzengwe and Mutumbwa) sealed their fate,” said Richard, while opposing the application.

The case is still to be heard. - Tendai Kamhungira

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