TOP Harare lawyer, Norman Mugiya, appeared in court yesterday over alleged fraud related to the estate of the late Jonah Shereni.
Mugiya was not asked to plead when he appeared before Harare magistrate, Dennis Mangosi, who granted him $50 000.
He was ordered to surrender his travel documents and to report every Friday at the CID.
The complainant is Lawrence Shereni (18) the first son of the late Jonah.
Lawrence is employed at Rosa 10 Mine in Chiweshe, which was owned by his late father.
Jonah was once married to Durai Marble Dick, Lawrence’s mother, and his siblings Rosa Lesley Shereni, Tavonga Peter Shereni and Lamont Rutendo Shereni.
The two later divorced.
On October 21 last year, Jonah Shereni was involved in a fatal road accident in Bindura.
After his death, his wife Yolanda Mututuma allegedly hatched a plan to defraud other estate beneficiaries.
She allegedly approached Mugiya.
The two originated a will, according to the State, which they purported Jonah Shereni had filed with Mugiya’s law firm.
Mututuma then allegedly bought four properties, one in Seke for her minor son Tavonga Peter Shereni, and three in Hopley, Harare, for Lawrence Shereni, Amanda Lesley Shereni and Lamont Rutendo Shereni, using proceeds from the mine.
Mututuma and Mugiya allegedly included the newly-acquired properties in the forged will.
The two allocated the rest of the properties, acquired by the late Jonah Shereni, to her son Tawananyasha Shereni.
Rosa 10 Mine, as well as stand 2998 Farikani Road, Aerodrome Bindura, Nissan Cabster, Ford Ranger, Nissan Truck and a Nissan UD80 were allocated to Mututuma.
On May 3, Mututuma went to the Master of the High Court in Harare, and registered the estate of the late Jonah Shereni.
She later filed the forged will with the intent to defraud the other beneficiaries.
Lawrence Shereni discovered the offence in June this year and filed a police report. Mututuma appeared in court last week over the case.
Meanwhile, Mugiya also appeared in another case, in which he is being accused of violating the Insurance Act.
The complainant in this matter is the State, being represented by Godwin Mvurume.
Mugiya is also appearing on behalf of Mugiya Macharaga and Associates.
Mugiya was a partner and a director of that law firm at the time.
The court heard that on August 16, police received credible intelligence from the regulatory bodies that Mugiya Macharaga and Associates were not registered to engage in legal aid cover as enshrined in the Insurance Act.
Police made further investigations and discovered that the firm was not registered with the Insurance and Pensions Commission, as required by law, despite offering legal aid services for a fee during the period 2017 to 2020.
Pardon Dziva appeared for the State.