Written by CHADUWA DHUMAKUDE
BLANTYRE--The battle for the multi-billion estate of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika took a new twist after his widow Callitsa Mutharika obtained letters of administration for the estate only to have them stopped by a High Court injunction.
Did the late Mutharika leave a Will before passing away?
That's a poignant question as six months after his sudden death from a heart attack, furious legal battles have been commenced by his widow and children in the High Court of Malawi.
Last week Callista who was saved by an injunction after Bineth Trust, owned and run by the late Bingu’s daughters Tapiwa and Duwa and his son Madalitso asked her to leave Ndata Farm, arguing that as she was an illegal occupant.
On Monday, the Former First Lady obtained Letter of Administration from the High Court in Blantyre before consulting members of the family, which made her in charge of the late Presidents property.
The children through their lawyer Alfred Majamanda were on Tuesday evening granted an injunction stopping Callista from administering the estate.
So far all well known personalities related to the family have become silent as what could be described as an embarrassing episode plays itself through courts and media. These personalities include Bingu’s younger brother Prof. Peter Mutharika, Vice Chairman of the Bineth Trust and Charles Matabwa, former ADMARC CEO and the counselor to the Bingu-Callista marriage.
Majamanda told local radio station that the injunction was served on Callista who is at Ndata’s Farms Casablanca Manor.
Callista’s lawyers were set to challenge the injunction on Wednesday morning as another injunction on her eviction from Ndata will come from Inter-party hearing on Friday at the same High Court.
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