3 lawyers deregistered

HARARE - Three lawyers have been deregistered by the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) while six others face a ban from practicing following allegations of misusing Trust funds.

The deregistered three are Fiona Machekeche, Nyasha Muzuva and Mlamuli Ncube.

They were deregistered by a panel which comprised two High Court judges — Felistus Chatukuta and Joseph Musakwa — as well as two lawyers — Sarah Mukonoweshuro and Davison Kanokanga.

The trio was accused of abusing various amounts of money belonging to clients, resulting in complaints being lodged with the LSZ.

Among those that were also hauled before the tribunal was MDC secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, Puwayi Chiutsi, Daniel Wapepuka Mhiribidi, Mercy Chizodza-Chineunye, Rosewitter Madembo and Auxilia Mangwaira.

While the rest of the lawyers are facing the ban based on allegations of misusing clients’ funds, Mhiribidi is likely to be deregistered in terms of the Mental Health Act.

The panel ordered that he be examined by two medical doctors following suspicion that he could be suffering from a mental problem.

Machekeche is accused of abusing $900 000 and Chiutsi $60 000.

Chineunye was suspended for three months while judgment for Madembo and Mangwaira was reserved.

Mwonzora and Chiutsi’s cases were postponed to December 2, this year. Over the years, the LSZ has deregistered lawyers for siphoning clients’ money.

In one of the cases, which resulted in Machekeche being hauled before the Harare Magistrates’ Courts recently, she is accused of stealing over $40 000 from her client. Machekeche reportedly pocketed the money after she had been contracted as a conveyancer by the director of Non-Ferrous Die Casting, Marvin Mbazima.

She did the conveyancing and change of ownership was effected into Tawanda Fambawaputa’s name but after all the deductions had been made to pay the agents and capital gains tax, Machekeche allegedly converted $42 187,85 to her own use.

Comments (2)

Huori kwese kwese here?Mwari wangu kani!

D - 2 November 2016

The profession requires a fit and proper person

Zacharia Mateta - 3 November 2016

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