BULAWAYO, Saturday, November 16, 1991 — The Law Society of Zimbabwe is investigating circumstances which led to the delay of more than two years to finalise the execution of a deceased’s estate by a Chivhu lawyer, Mr Maxwell Nyekete.
The society recently wrote to Mr Nyekete, formerly of the Bulawayo firm, Anthony Murphy and Associates, asking him to explain why he had not reported the issue to the society since June 1990 and why he had not responded to letters from his former partners, who were representing the family of the deceased man.
“What is the present position regarding the estate and how much monies do you hold on behalf of the estate, where these are held and how much interest to date has been earned thereon?” reads part of the letter to Mr Nyekete from the law society.
The letter from the law society was written after Mr Anthony Murphy wrote to the lawyers’ body complaining about Mr Nyekete’s conduct in executing the estate of a Comrade P Magomo. Mr Murphy had prior to lodging the complaint written several letters to Mr Nyekete which the latter did not reply.
Mr Nyekete replied only to one letter from Mr Murphy in which he asked whether Mr Nyekete had secured a tax clearance certificate from the Commissioner of Taxes and whether her had prepared an estate account and whether it had been accepted by the Master of the High Court in Bulawayo.
The letter went on to seek clarification as to whether Mr Nyekete had the monies from the estate that head been transferred from Mr Murphy’s trust account into Nyekete’s trust account. In his reply Nyekete said he hd written to the assistant Commissioner of Taxes in Bulawayo twice but had not received a reply Mr Nyekete said he was also waiting for confirmation from the deceased’s pension office.