BLANTYRE--Former first lady Calista Mutharika was on Tuesday given the mandate to take charge of the Mutharika property by the High Court in Blantyre but her step children also rushed to obtained court injunction to stop her from doing so.
MaraPost established Wednesday that Callista went to the High Court to obtain papers of administration without informing the children who are accusing the former first lady of trying to grab their duly owned Ndata Estate property where Bingu wa Mutharika was laid to rest.
But the children through their lawyer Alfred Majamanda went to the same court Tuesday to obtain a court order stopping her from managing the property.
Majamanda confirmed the development arguing that Callista’s move was inappropriate.
“We rushed to court Tuesday evening to obtain a court injunction to restrain the former first lady from administering the Estate. Calista went to court without the involvement of the other beneficiaries of the property.
“The children find it [to be] inappropriate...hence they advised us to rush to the court. She was served with injunction the very same Tuesday at Ndata Farm and this means that she cannot administer the property,” said Majamanda.
Mutharika's children - Madalitso, Tapiwa and Duwa - maintain that their father built the Casablanca Manor at Ndata Estate in Thyolo (on ancestral land) for his late wife and their mother, Ethel Zvauya Mutharika.
The children also accuse Callista of denying them access to the property, hosting politically affiliated functions at the property without the family’s involvement.
“As a family, we support the former First Lady Callista Chapola Mutharika and respect the time she has sought to mourn our father’s death and live on the family estate. It saddens us deeply to be denied access to our homestead (the place our parents are resting eternally and threatened with police actions,” lamented children in the statement.
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