More misery for Chiyangwa

HARARE - Embattled businessman Philip Chiyangwa faces another hefty charge and bill in his “dramatic divorce” from wife Elizabeth after the plaintiff’s lawyer demanded a $350 000 fee from him.

The development comes as the tycoon’s camp has gone all out to query Isaiah Mureriwa’s legal status and claim to practice as both an advocate, and ordinary lawyer, while also making these exorbitant pendente lite (awaiting litigation) claims.

“We are acting for (Mr) Chiyangwa in a matter where maintenance pendente lite and a contribution towards costs is sought by Messrs Scanlen and Holderness…  in the sum of $350 000,” wrote Kantor and Immerman’s Addington Chinake in a letter also copied to Scanlen & Holderness (S&H) senior partner Sternford Moyo.

“We need to take full instructions from our client, and, as part of our due diligence process, we request from you the date of registration of (Mr) Isiah Mureriwa, as a legal practitioner so that we can ascertain his charge-out rate per the Law Society (of Zimbabwe) tariffs,” he said.

“He addresses himself as ‘Advocate Isiah Mureriwa’. Kindly confirm that he is registered as such in our jurisdiction. If so, may you also clarify whether he is entitled to practice as both an advocate and a legal practitioner in terms of the Law Society regulations,” Chinake said, adding the issues raised had “ethical implications, which could arise later and they had instructions to pursue”.

On the other hand, Elizabeth bases her argument for the hefty legal costs advance on the basis that she was accustomed to a life of “extreme extravagance”, the matrimonial proceedings may take long to conclude and that she may not have any income since she would have broken up with the self-styled empowerment guru.

According to the appellant’s own papers — forming part of Elizabeth’s massive $230 million claim or 85 percent of Chiyangwa’s wealth — a pendente lite is described as a contribution by one of the litigating parties towards his or her estranged partner’s legal costs, especially in cases where the applicant or defendant has no capacity to cover the fees.

While Chiyangwa’s corner is querying Mureriwa’s payment based on his experience, having joined S&H about two years ago, and the LSZ schedule of payments, it has somehow expressed shock and amazement at his entitlement claim given that his client is supposedly well resourced.

Based on a $120 per hour rate for lawyers’ of Mureriwa’s professional ranking, the lawyer is in line to earn 2 916 hours - or 121 days - worth of cash.

In her November 25, claim, Elizabeth not only wants a significant portion of her 53-year-old husband’s known properties, but is demanding nearly $10 million in cash for her upkeep in the next 10 years.

In addition to this, she wants cars, a $1 million once-off payment and other assets.

And if she succeeds, she stands to be one of the world’s richest divorcees — along Heather McCartney and billionaire Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich’s wife Irina, who got a $300 million payoff in 2006.

However, some of the assets and companies she listed are no longer Chiyangwa’s.

With controversy continuing to rage over Mureriwa and Elizabeth’s handling of the divorce case, which Chiyangwa says is a nullity because he still “loves his wife”, the defence team has also written to the High Court complaining about how the matter has been splashed in papers when it had not been served with the summons, thus prompting Mureriwa to call for a truce.

In the meantime, Moyo was unavailable for comment yesterday to clarify some of the issues raised by Chiyangwa’s corner.

Comments (13)

A fool and his money always part ways at some point. It seems this particular fool will give all his wealth to some enterprising lawyers and a little will go the equally greedy estranged wife.

Feldman Bandura - 4 December 2013

Feel sorry for fidza, i think he feels the effects of loss of siblings, in resolving some of these domestic disputes. I am sure my late friend jimalo would have mediated in such dispute without involving lawyers and the media. Knowing how close these brothers were, i kinder feel sorry for fidza. Lets cherish family while we still have it, u never know how exposed u will be when they are gone.

knox - 4 December 2013

The Holy Bible says in Ecc. 1:2.3 and Chap. 2: 21 , that all is vanity. You labour all your to create wealth which you will not enjoy but will leave for someone who did not work for that wealth. Vanity of vanities.

sjambok - 4 December 2013

be cool

btm - 4 December 2013

Phidza will pull through Captain Fiasco you cannot bring a good man down

Colonel - 4 December 2013

The wife must also claim to take out the liabilities they accumilated during their marrage. If she does not claim then the legal system should provide for the sharing of these liabilities. The couple must have liabilities which if the audit as done as per the wife's request they can be cleaerly determined.

Mutongi Gava - 5 December 2013

Why share assets only? The wife must also claim to take over the liabilities they accumilated during their marrage. If she does not claim then the legal system should provide for the sharing of these liabilities. Surely the couple must have liabilities which if the audit is done as per the wife's request they can be clearly determined.

Mutongi Gava - 5 December 2013

Fidza urimuzanu iwe shandisa chitororo mari ndeyako yavarikuda kukubira. even ma lawyer acho imbavha.

clau - 5 December 2013

Fidza iSimbi manje. Mudzimai wacho anyanya kuda mari. She is entitled to something, but the figures she is talking about make me wonder what kind of wife she ever was to Bra Fidza.

Funga Futi - 5 December 2013

Phidza phidza, stop this nonsense why target your ex Wifey's lawyer, wen u are the real cause of all this. Freeze make an introspection and GROW UP. Its over its over .

munyakind - 5 December 2013

its even in the bible that you can never predict the mind of a woman,,The way I know Chiyangwa he will go thrue it,its juss a season bro. I wish you the best in this battle,,,

general Demarco - 10 December 2013

pliz pipo len to be fair how can some1 claim 85% of some1's property,it means this lady never loved her husband

mooooooh - 10 December 2013

Moooooh Uri kushamiswa claim ye 85% ye preoperty woti mukadzi anga asingade murume wake. That is a fact of life 90% of married woman married for money not love. Which planet do you live. Rega adye zvaka zvaita

Chamangwiza - 10 December 2013

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