The Chron­i­cle

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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.

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