In the town of Makambako, greed could have deprived an old lady of her inheritance following the death of her daughter were it not for the express intervention of paralegals.
Her daughter did quite for herself and built a house in 2003, and later also purchased a car and lived happily even after meeting a man and marrying him in 2009.
While this was her first marriage, to her husband, she was the second wife. The couple however, never had a child together.
“They lived together for years, but unfortunately my sister passed away first, and her husband died three years later”, says Sophia Mdindile, the deceased woman’s younger sister.
After her passing, her husband had remained in charge of the house and the car, however when he died, the title deed to the house and the vehicle registration certificate were taken and kept by his children from his first wife.
“A public announcement was put to remind home owners to pay property and land tax. That’s when our mother asked me to check whether any tax was owed on the house. To do that, I had to fetch the title deed and that’s when I hit a brick wall. My late sister’s stepsons were adamant that, the house belonged to their father and stepmother, for that matter they were the rightful inheritors”, recalls Mdindile.
Upon informing her mother of the development, in her old age, she began fearing for the worst, because she knew the house and car were her late daughter’s property and her husband had no stake whatsoever.