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.