The office of the Master of High Court has responded to complaints by the late Morgan Tsvangirai’s family against Elizabeth Macheka. The late MDC-T founder’s family accused the widow of deliberately under-declaring the properties left behind by the late politician.
In response to the complaint, the Master of High Court said it is the duty of the executor to identify and account for all the property left behind by the deceased. The Master of High Court said the executor has to be appointed first before Tsvangirai’s family can make complaints. Said the Master of High Court:
We, however, wish to advise that what was filed is a preliminary inventory to facilitate registration of the estate. The omission (if any) of some assets is therefore in our respective view not fatal at this stage. In terms of the law, it is the duty of the executor to account for all known assets in the executor’s inventory and estate liquidation and distribution account. The executor is usually given six weeks from date of issuance of letters of administration to lodge the executor’s inventory and six months to lodge the estate liquidation and distribution account.
It is our respectful view that an executor should be appointed first. As it stands, the estate is not legally represented. The request for the proposed roundtable meeting should be directed to the appointed executor who has a legal duty to identify and account for all the deceased’s known assets.