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Georgias’ estate referred back to High Court

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The late national hero Senator Aguy Georgias’ estate was yesterday remitted to the Master of the High Court for reconsideration after the businessman’s son, Antony, successfully obtained an order barring the current executor, Jane Linda Georgias, from disposing immovable property.

BY CHARLES LAITON

High Court judge Justice Clement Phiri ordered that the estate be remitted to the Master of the High Court after going through Antony’s submissions which were supported by his mother, Manana Esther Georgias.

Antony in June filed a court application accusing Jane of fraudulently registering his father’s estate and also blaming the Master of the High Court for rushing to authorise the sale of the estate’s immovable property without having accorded interested parties an opportunity to be heard.

“She [Jane] managed to hoodwink the first respondent [Master of the High Court], who then rushed to grant her authority to sell an immovable property. Surprisingly the first respondent rushed to come up with a decision in the absence of submissions by the other interested parties as he had directed at the meeting,” Antony said, urging the court to set aside the authorisation of the sale of the immovable property.

Antony’s mother, Manana, echoed her son’s sentiments accusing Jane of fraudulently benefiting from the estate, saying she simply co-habited with her husband and engaged in an adulterous relationship which resulted in the birth of other children.

“During the subsistence of my marriage to my late husband [Georgias], and at the time of his death, the second respondent [Jane] was co-habiting with my late husband; engaging in an adulterous relationship. I am advised that such adulterous relationship produced children,” Manana said in her consent affidavit.

“Subsequent to my late husband’s demise, his estate was registered, without my knowledge, by the second respondent … Further unbeknown to me the second respondent was nominated as the executor dative of my late husband’s estate. It was through third parties that I became aware that my late husband’s estate had been registered with the first respondent … I have reason, therefore, to suspect collusion on the part of the first and second respondents herein.”

Antony further said his mother was the only surviving spouse, but when the estate was registered, Jane had misrepresented to his father’s lawyers that all the other beneficiaries, including Manana, were not co-operating, prompting the legal practitioners to renounce urgency after which she took over and registered the estate herself.

Antony was represented by lawyers from Musekiwa and Associates.

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