Families urged to register estates

By Peter Chivhima

MORE than 300 cases of disputes related to estates of the deceased have been handled by the Master of High Court since the beginning of the year.

The Master of High Court’s office is inundated with cases of harassment of widows and children over property rights.

According to information released by the Master of High Court, Eldard Mutasa this Monday, out of more than 300 cases handled by his office, 20 involved high profile figures.

“I would say since the beginning of 2022 as the office of the master of High Court, we have managed to handle more than three hundred cases.”

Mutasa, however, noted some positive changes among the warring parties, thanks to the First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa’s awareness campaigns.

“As she spearheaded the compaign, we took advantage of raising awareness to the general populace on the laws on the administration of deceased estates,” he said.

Mutasa also spoke on the need for families to register estates of the deceased to reduce conflict among families.

This comes after the second wife of the late Deputy Minister for Lands and Resettlement, Tendai Savanhu was arrested on charges of theft of trust property after she allegedly sold her late husband’s property before the determination of his estate.