Family wrangles over Midzi’s estate

Midzi died in a suspected suicide after allegedly downing poison at his Munandi Farm in Beatrice on June 9, 2015.

ONE of the late former Mines and Mining Development minister Amos Midzi’s daughters, Chido Makazhu, has accused the politician’s widow of “running down his estate”.

Makazhu was born out of wedlock and is accusing her stepmother Alice Midzi and one Freddy Chimbari of running down Midzi’s estate since 2015.

Midzi died in a suspected suicide after allegedly downing poison at his Munandi Farm in Beatrice on June 9, 2015.

He had three children with Alice who served as executrix for two years before Chimbari took over and served for six years after Makazhu surfaced, rejecting her stepmother’s appointment, accusing her of bias.

Makazhu and Alice were made co-executrixes in March this year.

However, in an interview with NewsDay, Makazhu said her father’s estate was in shambles.

“It suffices to say everything is now a cesspool of decay. All the destruction, corruption and maladministration have happened during the administrative years of Midzi and Chimbari.

“There is evidence of letters that I perpetually wrote to the Master of High Court informing him about the prejudices and biases I was suffering as well as the destruction of Midzi’s sweat,” she said.

Makazhu alleged that in October 2019, Chimbari attempted to sell the deceased’s immovable property in Greendale, Harare, to settle a non-existant debt, and using a person named Zivanai Chigovera who works at the Deeds Office.

She also accused her father’s niece, Melody who was appointed farm manager without her consent of engaging in unscrupulous activities at the farm.

She claimed that she was being blocked from repossessing her livestock at the farm.

“Melody is responsible for livestock theft, selling of State land, depreciation and vandalism of tractors, irrigation pipes, pellets and vehicles.

“She sold the land to individuals and available evidence reveals people involved in the land grab. They have taken a big portion of land and are already doling out stands to buyers,” she alleged.

NewsDay saw some of Makazhu’s documents registering her complaints with the Master of High Court.

In a letter dated July 14 addressed to the Master of High Court, Makazhu accused Midzi’s widow of refusing to put the record straight or even iron out the problems which have plagued the estate for eight years.

“She has deliberately refrained from giving me the date to visit the farm and collect my livestock to attend to my failing health as well as to cater for estate administration costs.

“May you kindly bring her on board and reprimand her for deliberately not co-operating. She should not be in the habit of sabotaging the genuine progress that I am trying to make for the benefit of everyone,” she wrote.

On July 17 this year, Makazhu wrote another letter, calling on Midzi’s widow to step down as executrix.

“Despite having wasted eight years with theatrical antics, Midzi and her lawyers continue to waste time through the employment of unorthodox means which are inflicting emotional trauma on my part,” she said.

“If Midzi is unfit for the position, through reasons best known to herself, or if she is mentally or physically incapable of performing satisfactorily her duties, she should kindly step down from the position of co-executor before August 11.”

On July 24, Makazhu wrote to the Law Society of Zimbabwe complaining about Alice’s lawyer Widias Chishiri, alleging that he endorsed stocktheft at Midzi’s farm.

“As a society, lawyers are expected to uphold the law and act professionally, with credibility. However, Chishiri showed deviant behaviour which absolutely antagonistic to what is expected of people in the law profession.”

Midzi and Melody referred all questions on issues raised by Makazhu to their lawyer Chishiri.

Chishiri cut the call soon after the reporter introduced himself.

Efforts to get in touch with Chimbari’s lawyer Servious Kufandada were futile.

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