Terrence Hussein, the lawyer of the late former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe has revealed that the process of ascertaining Mugabe’s estate will take longer than many would like to think.
Speaking to Reuters this week, Hussein indicated that the properties listed in news reports were not in Mugabe’s name while his rural homestead had no title because all communal land in Zimbabwe is owned by traditional chiefs. He said:
The first task of the executor will be to compile assets and then decide who will be a beneficiary. Therefore, the suggestion that the estate has been finalised is untrue and misleading. The long, drawn-out process has only begun.
The 10 cars are a vintage car collection which frankly had value only to him.
Local publications reported yesterday that Bona Chikore, Mugabe’s daughter had written to the High Court in October, a month after the death of his father, seeking to register her father’s estate which included US$10 million in a local bank, four houses in Harare, 10 cars, one farm, his rural home and an orchard.
Hussein claimed that they had failed to locate Mugabe’s will adding that they had written to other lawyers to establish if they have it.