Widow suf­fers stroke as church buys fam­ily farm

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Ackel Zwane

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.

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