Widow suffers stroke as church buys family farm
Controversy surrounds the purchase of Farm 272 by Free Evangelical Assemblies church in Ngwane Park in that the will on which the sale was based had been contested at the High Court of Swaziland and the matter was still pending before court.
Relatives at the Kelly family say Kelly’s widow suffered a stroke last week when she was told to vacate the place she had called home in over fifty years of married life. It is alleged that one of her stepsons has sold the farm and pocketed the proceeds without involving the rest of the family. As a result next week the family will approach the office of the Master of the High Court because the estate was never even wound up.
FEA Head Pastor Shodi Msibi says the transaction, as far as the church was concerned, was genuine and pleaded ignorance of the pending legal matters at the High Court. Construction workers are already on site having demolished one of the residential structures the widow’s husband built and are gunning for bringing down the other structure where the widow resides. The widow has been ordered out of the house to look for a rented room together with her children and servants.
Relatives say there were three wills, the first, second and the last one which is currently being contested on the basis that at the time of death Kelly had also suffered a stroke and was unable to append any signature. He had also lost speech but managed to wed the mother of the son said to have finally sold the property.
At the Master of the High Court the Kelly children plan to apply for an injunction stopping the sale until the high court rules over the authenticity of the will and subsequently the winding up of the Kelly estate.
BULLDOZING: Heavy plant equipment now on site for more intense works ahead.
HOLY BUYER: Free Evangelical Assemblies headquarters in Zakhele, Manzini that is at the centre of the controversy regarding the sale of a farm in nearby Ngwane Park.
GIVE WAY: One of the houses built by the widow's husband has already been demolished to give way for a new development on the farm.