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Nawakwi, stepchildren in property wrangles

By GRACE CHAILE LESOETSA

THE fight for the control of the late Geoffrey Hambulo’s over K20 million worth estate is set to unravel in court as his widow, Edith Nawakwi has sued two of her step-children seeking an injunction restraining them from acting as administrators of the estate.

According to a petition filed in the Lusaka High Court Family Division, Forum for Democracy and Development president Ms Nawakai stated that her husband who died on December 5, 2021, due to complications from prostate cancer left a will.

She seeks an order to revoke the letters of administration of the estate of her late husband granted to Mweemba and Mulundu Udima Tokyo Hambulo, who are respondents in the matter.

The applicant is seeking an order to deem the document dated April 20, 2018 and its subsequent amendment made in November 2020 as the will left by her late husband.

She stated that in the alternative, the court orders that late Mr Hambulo died intestate and the provisions of the Intestate Succession Act Chapter 59 of the laws of Zambia should apply and she should be the administrator of the estate.

Ms Nawakwi seeks an order compelling the respondents to give full inventory of the assets managed by themselves at the time they were executing the functions of administrators of the said estate.

She also wants an injunction restraining the two or their agents from doing any actions that affect the management of her husband’s estate and that she be granted letters of administration pending determination of the matter. According to an application for leave to obtain letters of administration filed in the Lusaka High Court by Mweemba and Mulundu on January 6, 2021, they claimed that their father was not married but merely cohabiting.   But Ms Nawakwi in an affidavit in support of originating summons said that she is the surviving spouse of late Mr Hambulo and beneficiary of his estate. 

She explained that a document dated April 20, 2018, was found on her late husband’s laptop and that it had been amended once in 2020. 

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