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Zimbabwean Minister Says the Legal System Let Her Down in Down as Widow

  • Sithandekile Mhlanga

Despite being represented by the prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, Priscilla Misihairambwi Mushonga said she found that she could not rely on the Zimbabwean legal system to protect her rights as a widow

Zimbabwe Regional Integration Minister Priscilla Misihairambwi-Mushonga told reporters on Tuesday she felt let down by the legal system in a property dispute following the death of her husband, Dr. Christopher Mushonga.

Mushonga, also deputy secretary general of the Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, said she has decided to leave all of the property she jointly held with her husband to her in-laws. Dr. Mushonga died in August 2009 of injuries sustained in an attack on their home the previous June.

Mushonga said a legal wrangle with her in-laws over the property took an ugly turn in recent weeks, with her husband’s former employees and her brother targeted for abduction and harassment by state agents in unmarked vehicles.

In an interview following the news conference, Mushonga told VOA reporter Sithandekile Mhlanga that she had been continuously harassed by her in-laws but despite being represented by the prominent human rights lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa found that she could not rely on the Zimbabwean legal system to protect her rights.

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