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    Chiredzi lawyer in court for abuse of trust funds


    CHIREDZI – Chiredzi lawyer Herbert Chigayo is appearing in court facing charges of abusing trust funds. The case kicked off two weeks ago and is continuing.
    Chigayo is appearing before Chiredzi Magistrate Tafadzwa Mhlanga. It is the State case that in the period between September 2012 and May 31 2014 Chigayo who was a legal practitioner and owner of Chigayo Legal Practitioner with offices at NSSA building in Chiredzi received and took a total of $29000 rental arrears from N and B tenants on behalf of the owners of N and B. He allegedly converted the money to his own use.
    Through his lawyers Pundu and Company, Chigayo is denying doing anything wrong saying he rendered various legal services to N and B and the money he collected from its tenants was legal fees since they were not paying the fees. He said the dispute is more of a civil matter than criminal. He also said despite these allegations he was audited by Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) and is prepared to produce his audit certificate in court confirming that his law firm was practicing above board.
    Chigayo is facing various other charges of fraud and the matters will also come for trial. He was suspended and his law firm subsequently closed by LSZ.
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