BLANTYRE--Former First Lady Callitsa Mutharika has obtained a High Court order in Blantyre restraining her step children from removing her from the Ndata Farm, MaraPost can reveal.
The development follows a MaraPost exclusive story, revealing that Callista has no claim to property in Bineth Trust, the property vehicle for her late husband, Pres Bingu wa Mutharika.
Justice Joseph Manyungwa granted the injunction on Wednesday afternoon to the embattled first lady but he will hear both parties Friday.
The application opens a wider legal battle to former President’s assumed billions of kwacha estate as questions keep arising if he ever wrote a will.
Mutharika's three children claim that the trustees for Bineth were Mutharika's first wife, the late Ethel, and children Duwa, Tapiwa and Madalitso. They produced what are said to original Trust documents from their father's lawyer, Mbendera and Associates.
Callista lives at Ndata Farm where Mutharika built a mansion, Casablanca Manor. Mutharika's children claim that their father built the property for Ethel who died in 2007.
This matter will be the second involving Malawi’s head of state after the lengthy legal battle against a will written by the country's first president, the late Kamuzu Banda, which was heavily contested by his family and appeals still remain after a High Court reverted the will administration to a bank other than family members.
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