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Women who had children for late Zambian lawmaker file suit demanding share of estate

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Women who had five children between them for late Zambian Member of Parliament, Tutwa Ngulube, have teamed up to file a lawsuit demanding a share of his estate which is being managed by his widow and sister.

According to reports, the late Ngulube who represented Kabwe Central in the National Assembly, died on December 3, 2022 without leaving a will, which has seen an excess of 14 children and several women coming out to lay claim to his estate.

According to an affidavit filed by Chuma Catherine on behalf of the new litigants in support of summons for an order to render an inventory and an account of the deceased, the women and their children are suing Ngulube’s widow, Mupeta Glenda Sokontwe, and sister, Tawanda Tafwakose Ngulube, for a share of his estate.

The lawsuit specifically cited Tawanda and Mupeta in their capacities as administratix of Tutwa Ngulube estate.

Kuntepa submitted that the five children who all minors between the ages of one and 15, are all living in rented accommodation where there mothers are struggling to pay rentals each month.

She noted that the administrators decided to move late Ngulube’s ailing mother to the deceased’s three bedroom house where he resided at NHA Gardens in Lusaka, instead of putting it on rent pending distribution of his property.

She also stated that this was despite Tutwa, before his death, having renovated the mother’s house in Kabwe, saying that the decision was detrimental and prejudicial to the children and other beneficiaries who were not benefitting from the same property.

Kuntepa further alleged that the administrators of the estate had continued to draw an amount of K100,000 from Ngulube’s businesses and rentals each month from which the children are given a paltry K3,333 each.

“Tawanda Ngulube collects a total of K30,000 on behalf of the mother to the deceased and the alleged dependants who are her siblings and their children, and the widow collects K20,000 which she shares with an alleged co-wife,” the lawsuit said.

“The respondents have been reluctant to distribute the estate as they are benefitting more from the above monthly apportionments while the children of the deceased receive meager amounts of money to survive on throughout the month.”

Kuntepa stated that several requests had been ignored by the estate administrators for an account of the monies in the coffers of Golden Sonnets Hotel owned by the deceased as well as details of how the business was fairing, which continued to run as an ongoing concern.

“That requests have been made by some mothers to the beneficiaries in question on the monies coming from rentals of business premises being let to banks for use of ATM machines and other commercial tenants who had not paid rentals from December 2022 when the deceased passed on to date, but the respondents only give excuses as to the collection of the said rentals which are currently owing in excess of K100,000,” she stated.

Kuntepa said the minors had been deprived of the use of their father’s Mercedes Benz, phones and laptops which were seized by Tawanda.

She also stated that the administrators had neglected to collect from the Law Association of Zambia a detailed report of the winding up exercise of the law firm, Tutwa S.Ngulube and Company.

Kuntepa wants the two administrators to step down and allow the Administrator-General to take over the management of the assets to ensure everyone including the five minors benefit from their father’s estate.

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President Hichilema pledges support for Zambian SMEs

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Zambian President, Hakainde Hichilema, has pledged his government’s commitment to support the country’s small and medium scale enterprises as well as the principles of solidarity, equity and inclusivity in his administration’s development agenda.

Hichilema who made the pledge during the 2024 Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Co-operatives Indaba in Lusaka on Wednesday, said his government was committed to promoting the growth of in the country.

The President who was represented at the event by the Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises Development, Elias Mubanga, stated that his administration had already embarked on the journey because of the important role MSMEs played in national development.

While delivering a speech on the theme “Harnessing the power of collaboration in fostering Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and Cooperative growth for sustainable economic development”, Hichilema noted that this would be achieved by providing MSMEs and Co-operatives genuine engagement in decision-making processes and capacity-building programmes can boost their creativity.

“Inter-connection and inter-independence collaboration stand as a cornerstone of growth across all sectors of the Zambian economy particularly among MSMEs and Cooperatives.”

He added that this can also boost the resilience and entrepreneurial drive of small businesses in order to stimulate development.

“Government is focusing on MSMEs and cooperatives’ engagement, as well as strengthening policy execution to promote and facilitate advanced investments for the nation’s long-term growth.”

He further added that government was engrossed with the participation of MSMEs and Co-operatives and strengthening the implementation of policy to promote and facilitate increased remittances and investment for the nation to attain sustainable development.

Hichilema stressed that in 2023, government, through the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprise Development launched the Revised National MSME Development Policy and its Implementation Plan (2023-2028).

“This underscored government’s commitment to creating an enabling environment for MSMES to thrive,” the Head of State said.

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In Sallah message, Tinubu charges Nigerians to have faith in his reform agenda

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President Bola Tinubu has once again urged Nigerians to have faith in his “bold reforms” and the commitment to his administration’s “Renewed Hope Agenda.”

Tinubu, who gave the reassurance in his Eid-el-Fitr message to the nation on Wednesday, praised Nigerians for their resilience, sacrifice, and endurance in the face of the hardship they are going through as a result of the policies of his administration.

The President who observed his Eid-el-Fitr prayer at the Dodan Barracks in Ikoyi, Lagos State, also urged Nigerians to defend the integrity of the country at all times.

In a chat with journalists after the prayers, President Tinubu said called on Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of the recently concluded Ramadan fasting.

“Today marks a significant day in Islam as Muslims worldwide commemorate the conclusion of Ramadan and the Eid-el-Fitr festivities,” he said.

“Moreover, let us perpetuate the spirit of compassion and support for one another, as demonstrated during the month of Ramadan, and extend assistance to those in need.

“The kind of resilience, sacrifice, endurance that we have, we should preserve that for the country. Be a kind and cheerful giver, love our country better than any other country – that is the only one that we have.

“And we must continue to protect the integrity of our government and leadership. The new hope is alive, well and fine and Nigerians should continue to be very hopeful.

“Without hope there is no salvation, without hope, there is no development, without hope, there is no life,” Tinubu said.

The President went further to state that the Renewed Hope Agenda would result in a better Nigeria in the shortest possible future.

“Renewed hope is very much alive, Nigerians should be hopeful,” he added.

Shortly after he assumed office on May 29, 2023, President Tinubu had assured Nigerians that his Renewed Hope Initiative would be a culmination of his government’s commitment to ensuring that Nigeria and Nigerians fulfill their potentials.

“The Renewed Hope Agenda of my administration is defined by our commitment to unleashing our country’s full economic potential, by focusing on job creation, access to capital for small and large businesses, inclusiveness, the rule of law, and the fight against hunger, poverty and corruption,” President Tinubu had declared during his inaugural speech.

But almost a year after that speech and declaration, Nigeria has been plunged into economic crisis occasioned by high cost of living, inflation, and hardship due to the policies of the government.

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