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Zvinavashe's son boots out stepmom from plot

by Staff reporter
17 Apr 2019 at 07:23hrs | Views
THE late liberation war hero and army commander General Vitalis Zvinavashe's son has been dragged to court for allegedly mistreating his father's 56-year-old widow.

Richard Zivanashe, 50, is accused of chasing his step mother Margaret Zivanashe from the Tynwald plot she inherited from the late liberation war hero. Richard and his friend Ellington Kanengoni allegedly changed keys to the premises and have continued to deny the widow entry. The two pleaded not guilty to unlawful entry and violating the Domestic Violence Act when they appeared before Mbare magistrate Stanford Mambanje.

In his defence, Richard told the court his stepmother is fabricating the allegations and is entitled to the property since he is the first son and executor of the property. He said his stepmother forged her signature in the last will and testament were she is attempting to drive the "usufruct right."  

"She has the right to use the property but does not enjoy the right to usufruct other beneficiaries. The belief that she holds lifetime usufruct and that she should be the only one on the property is flawed belief," he said. It is the State's case that on January 3, Richard  teamed up with Kanengoni  and  proceeded to Margaret's residence in  plot 730 Cowie Road , Tynwald.

It is alleged that they scaled the precast wall and proceeded to force open the gate by breaking padlocks with a bolt cutter. Once inside, Richard and his accomplice went on to change locks to the house and offices, the court heard. The court heard that to date, Richard continues to deny his stepmother access to the premises.

The State alleges that builders contracted by Margaret who were at the premises witnessed the crime and will testify in the matter.

Source - dailynews