The fight over the estate for the late Dr. Chris Mushonga has taken a new twist with the Mushonga family seeking political intervention.
The late doctor’s children have written to President Robert Mugabe pleading for protection from their step-mother, Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga’s alleged muscle flexing.
Misihairambwi-Mushonga who is also the minister of Regional Integration has been allegedly accused of interfering with investigations into the alleged looting of the estate.
The Mushonga family alleged that the minister was behind the looting of Dr Mushonga’s property which has been put under the administration of an appointed estate executor Israel Gumunyu.
The late Dr Mushonga’s former secretary Rudairo Chitseko was last week arrested on allegations of stealing from the estate.
The Mushonga family also copied the letter to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, Attorney General Johannes Tomana, and Commissioner General of Police, Augustine Chihuri, Speaker of Parliament and several top government officials asking them to restrain Misihairabwi- Mushonga from using her political muscle to interfere with investigations.
The letter alleges that minister Misihairambwi-Mushonga had already made contacts with her friends in high offices to frustrate progress in the investigations.
“ We suspect Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga is now interfering with the investigations as she has summoned her top ranking contacts within ZRP to ministerial level who we now see are frustrating our matter and investigations.
“ Attorney-General, sir you are the only hope as the prosecutor of all criminal matters in this land, please intervene and see that justice is done to this matter,” the letter reads.
Following Chitseko’s arrest last week, minister Misihairambwi-Mushonga is alleged to have gone to the police station and made a report that led to the confiscation of a vehicle from Tavengwa Mushonga, one of Dr Mushonga’s sons and who is the complainant in this case.
Tavengwa was summoned to the police and ordered to surrender the vehicle.
According to sources a house in Mt Pleasant was central to the estate dispute.
Misihairambwi-Mushonga has expressed interest in taking the house as surviving spouse, while the Mushonga family argue that she was not entitled to the property.
Dr Mushonga’s sons claim that there is a will that has given them right to own the Mt Pleasant property.
Misihairabwi – Mushonga declined to comment. The police confirmed that investigations were in progress.