21 lawyers struck off roll

HARARE - Twenty-one lawyers have been struck off the roll of the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) for unprofessional conduct.

Llody Mhishi, the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) president, told the Daily News yesterday that the lawyers have lost their practising licences.

“Every year we give practising certificates to our members that enable us to practise, but if your accounts books are not audited and are not in order or you have some discipline matter in relation to your profession, we don’t issue you with the practising certificate,” Mhishi said.

“They are certain requirements one has to meet before given the practising licence.”

Mhishi said that the LSZ has over 1 000 members who are registered.

Among the law firms and legal practitioners without practising certificates for 2013 are Bruce Mujeyi, Tendai Hangazha, Debra Shirichena, Phanuel Mazhande Mazhande, Barnabas Muchanyerei, Sengwani Tapera, Mapfunde Taurai, Malunga Theobold, Toindepi Mahaso, Mweliwenkululeko Ncube, Piniel Matizanadzo, Francis Hwenhira, Jacobus Oberholzer, Rudo Kanyeze, Andrew Makoni of Makoni and Partners, Washington Muchandibaya, Simbarashe Machiridza, Arkisayi Dhliwayo, Evelyn Mutswangwa, Enerst Gijima and O Kusemwa.
 
These lawyers are drawn from across the country.

He said some of the 21 members are set to appear before the Legal Practitioner Disciplinary Tribunal to answer charges of unprofessional conduct.

Mhishi said LSZ wanted to protect the public from unscrupulous lawyers and hence the need to publicise the names of the lawyers who have not been registered.

“These individuals are currently without practising certificates for 2013 and are not allowed to render any legal services that includes to appear in court or at the police stations or prisons,” said Mhishi.

 

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