FORMER Finance Minister Tendai Biti faces being disbarred as a lawyer after local businessman Tendai Mashamhanda reported allegations of misconduct against him to the Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) and to the Minister of Justice, Ziyambi Ziyambi.
Biti’s law firm, Tendai Biti Law Chambers, is accused of systematically filing false affidavits.
LSZ spokesman Richard Chidza confirmed receiving the letter.
“The LSZ can confirm receipt of the letter to which you refer. Unfortunately, we cannot share the content or comment further,” Chidza said.
Ziyambi also confirmed receiving the letter and said it was within the ministry’s internal procedures.
‘There are numerous allegations made against numerous people in the letter and the department is seized with the matter,’ he said when reached for comment.
In the letter seen by NewsDay, Mashamhanda accuses the opposition Harare East lawmaker of using his staff to sign false affidavits.
One of the employees, Constantine Chaza, faces two charges of fraud.
On the first count, it is alleged that on February 26, 2020 at the Harare High Court, he presented a bogus special advocate of a certain Elliot Rodgers in the case involving Mashamhanda.
The matter came to light when Mashamhanda allegedly contacted Rodgers in the UK, who denied giving Chaza a power of attorney.
On the second count, it is alleged that on October 18, 2021 at the High Court in Harare, Chaza presented a bogus special counsel to Rogers in another case.
The matter came to light after a plaintiff, Puwayi Chiutsi, noticed the difference in signatures on documents signed by Rodgers.
“Tendai Biti abuses employees. For example, Constantine Chaza was tricked into signing over 21 affidavits in the High Court using a fake power of attorney signed by Elliot Rodgers. Biti is again abusing fellow employee Diana Kawenda to sign a false affidavit that there was no hearing on the main case on July 20, 2021,” the letter read. .
“He triggered the fraudulent foreclosure of Chiutsi’s home by using a false power of attorney with a clear intent to defraud Elliot Rodgers and at the same time fraudulently misrepresenting Puwayi Chiutsi that he was representing Rodgers.”
Mashamhanda alleges that on March 16 this year, Tendai Biti Law Chambers submitted a false affidavit to the Constitutional Court.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police forensic report dated April 11, 2022 confirmed that the affidavit allegedly signed by Elliot Rodgers and submitted by Biti was false,” the letter read.
Biti did not answer calls despite repeated efforts to contact him. – News Day