Top lawyer faces fraud probe

Law Society of Zimbabwe

PROMINENT lawyer and managing partner of Mugiya and Muvhami Law Chambers, Norman Mugiya, is in trouble after he allegedly helped a client to forge a will of the late Jonah Shereni.

In a letter addressed to the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ), his partners Arshiel Mugiya and Tafadzwa Muvhami said they would suspend Mugiya until he was cleared by the courts.

The complainant is the late Shereni’s son, Lawrence (18).

It is alleged Shereni was once married to Durai Marble Dick, the mother of the complainant and his three siblings, Amanda, Tavonga and Rutendo.

They later divorced.

Shereni died in a car accident in October last year.

After his death, Mugiya’s alleged accomplice Yolanda Mututuma hatched a plan to defraud other estate beneficiaries and approached Mugiya, and they forged a will in respect of properties with a potential value of US$100 000.

On May 3, 2022, Mututuma went to the Master of the High Court, Harare and registered the estate of Shereni under DR 1414/22.

On May 11, 2022, Mututuma went back to the Master of the High Court and filed the forged will with intent to defraud other beneficiaries of the estate.

Mututuma has already appeared in court on a fraud charge.

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