Disputes over deceased estates on the rise

By Peter Chivhima

FAMILY disputes over estates of the deceased are on the increase amid revelations that there are massive knowledge gaps on the registration processes.

A visit to the office of the Master of the High Court in Harare this Tuesday revealed knowledge gaps with regards to registration processes, while the issue of decentralising the Master’s offices also came up.

“We don’t even know how the procedures works here and we have been here since morning. We suspect that there is corruption here because the process is not moving at all. They must set up offices in other parts. Look, we have come from as far as Rusape to seek such services, but since the death of my husband in January, I have been failing to access the services,” said a woman who had come for assistance.

Allegations of corruption have also been leveled against the responsible office, but Master of the High Court, Mr Eldard Mutasa says his office is open to public scrutiny.

“Our offices are open for public scrutiny, so we say if people have any challenges they are free to come. Recently, we have launched our vision which compels us to be accountable and transparent to the public. There are some people who masquerade as our officers but yet they are bogus. So, we want to warn them that if caught they will face the full wrath of the law. We also implore the public not to be deceived by those who mill around; they must seek help from genuine lawyers,” said Mr Mutasa.

The developments come a week after the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Honourable Virginia Mabhiza implored the Master of the High Court’s office to be accountable and transparent to the public.