Fight over estate

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Rudairo Chitseko the long-time secretary of the late Dr Christopher Mushonga was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of theft and fraud.

The arrest came at a time when the estate of the late doctor was being contested by his widow Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga the minister of regional integration.

Mushonga died last year aged 73.

The brother of the late Mushonga, Zacharias Mushonga, has also accused Chitseko of working in cahoots with Misihairabwi-Mushonga, 43, to grab the estate.

Mushonga’s children were at logger-heads with their step mother Misihairabwi-Mushonga over the finalisation of the estate.

Police on Friday confirmed they had arrested Chitseko, but they declined to comment further saying investigations were still in progress.

Chitseko was suspected of stealing legal documents pertaining to companies owned by Mushonga.

The companies affected include Cappa Investments, Loudav Investments (PVT Ltd, Chinyani Enterprises, CC Mushonga holdings, Airland Leasing and Airland Communications.

Matters came to a head after Chitseko allegedly grabbed three cars – a green Isuzu KB 250 Twin-cab, a twin cab pick-up truck and a Toyota Land Cruiser.

There were also suspicions that Mushonga’s state sponsored truck has also been commandeered by the secretary.

The executor of Mushonga’s disputed estate Israel Gumunyu and two of the late doctor’s sons Tavengwa and Tafadzwa reported the matter to the police leading to the arrest of Chitseko.

Chitseko is said to have collected rentals for three months from a property owned by Mushonga – number 92 Harare Drive – which was rented by Women in Politics.

The tenants were paying $1000 a month.

Chitseko was now being accused of embezzling the rentals.

She was also suspected of unlawfully collecting rentals from Mushonga’s other properties namely number 87 Fife Avenue rented by one Karen Kampira and number 313 Josiah Chinamano.

Zacharias Mushonga, brother to the late doctor, said on Friday that he suspected Chitseko was conniving with his sister in law Misihairabwi-Mushonga.

“She is working with my late brother’s wife as she is the one who brought her in the office in 2005. She came in and the secretary who had worked for my brother for 15 years was fired and in came this secretary (Chitseko),” said Mushonga.

In his affidavit Mushonga claims the estate had been prejudiced of more than $6 000 in cash as a result of alleged fraudulent behaviour.

Other items that were said to have disappeared include 39 computers, two refrigerators, printers, television sets and stands, a decoder and office furniture.

Gumunyu the executor of Mushonga’s estate declined to comment.

Chitseko was expected to appear in court tomorrow.