Harare lawyer arrested, charged for operating without a licence

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By Mary Taruvinga

AN unlicenced Harare lawyer Thursday found himself in the dock after being caught operating illegally.

Collins Kasiya (37) appeared before Harare magistrate, Rumbidzai Mugwagwa facing charges of operating without a licence as defined in the Legal Practitioners Act.

He is being charged together with his law firm, Legal Aid Network Trust.

“The Law Firm, knowing that they are not registered and licenced legal practitioners in expectation of a commission, assisted and gave instructions to a lawyer to represent an unsuspecting client,” said the state.

Kasiya pleaded guilty to the charge and was remanded out of custody pending plea recording and sentencing.

Prosecuting, Peter Kachirika said on July 4, 2017, Legal Aid Network represented by Kasiya, received a complaint from one Tendayi Karubwa.

Kachirika said Karubwa contracted the organisation, which is unregistered and unlicenced, to recover outstanding arrears from his employer and remit the money to his account.

He said Legal Aid Network Trust gave instructions to Cecilia Chimhina, a registered legal practitioner, to do the job.

Kachirika told court that the organisation failed or neglected to remit the received arrears as per agreement.

This prompted Karubwa to report the matter to the Law Society of Zimbabwe, which in turn reported the case to the police, leading to Kasiya’s arrest.

“The accused is not a law firm with registered and licenced lawyers hence they did not have the privilege to give legal processes on behalf of clients. Accused received instructions from Karubwa and later received payment in form of commission for the job,” Kachirika told the court.