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Perrance Shiri family accepts his 1995 will which gives the late Mujuru control

RELATIVES of the late national hero Air Chief Marshal Perrance Shiri, who died on 29 July this year from COVID-19 complications, have only managed to find a 1995 will, which shows that the Air Chief Marshal Shiri had a house in Borrowdale and two children. This has sparked fears that someone could be trying to hide his vast wealth acquired in the past 25 years from the rest of his family and several children.

After signing the 1995 will, Shiri rose through the ranks in the Air Force of Zimbabwe to become Air Chief Marshal.

At the time of his death in July, he was a Cabinet minister and had acquired more properties and purchased shares in a number of companies.

The Herald reports that the same will appointed the now late General Solomon Mujuru and Mr Sobusa Gula-Ndebele as executors of the estate.

Gen Mujuru died first and the Master of High Court appointed Mr Gula-Ndebele as executor.

When he died some 25 years after signing the will, he had acquired more assets which were not part of the initial testament.

The will in question has since been accepted by the Master of High Court, who then appointed an executor.

“We hereby inform you that the deceased’s will has been accepted for administration purposes,” reads a letter to the executor.

“From our reading of the will, it would appear same nominates you (Mr Gula-Ndebele) as testament executor.

“In order that we may issue you with letters of administration, kindly complete the enclosed acceptance of the trust form and the bond of security.”

Although the assets register is still being compiled, fighting has already started on the distribution of the estate.

After his death, several children approached the family and the executor claiming to be the hero’s children, some with birth certificates.

Of the several children, only three had birth certificates bearing the national hero’s name. One of the children, Rufaro Stephanie Shiri, who registered the estate at the Master of High Court claimed some “greedy” relatives were out to deprive legitimate children of their father’s estate.

Through her lawyer, Mr Caleb Mucheche of Caleb Mucheche & Partners Law Chambers, Rufaro has written to the executor questioning the legality of DNA tests when the national hero accepted her as his daughter through an uncontested official birth certificate.

“For the avoidance of doubt, our client unequivocally and categorically rejects some wild, baseless, misguided and legally misplaced insinuations and suggestions by some third parties or persons that she must undergo any DNA tests post the death of her late father who freely and voluntarily recorded his name as her father and maintained that legal status without any qualm or query up to the time of his death,” reads part of the letter.

The lawyers requested to be part of the administration of the estate and to be invited to any meeting related to the estate.

“We hereby advise that we represent Rufaro S. Shiri in this estate, who is one of the potential beneficiaries to the estate, who has a birth certificate bearing the name of the deceased as the father and a national identity card bearing the deceased’s surname,” reads the letter.

“It is against this background that our client instructs us to request your esteemed good offices to notify us about any stages and meetings involved in the administration of this  estate.” ■

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