The Law Society of Zimbabwe (LSZ) has convicted former cabinet minister and Zanu PF central committee member Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana of unprofessional conduct. This comes after he hired “tracers” to identify properties belonging to residents who owed money to Chitungwiza Town Council. Mangwana then threatened to attach the properties even though there was no court order. He has been given two weeks to submit mitigating circumstances before he is sentenced.
Part of the letter from the LSZ reads:
Council noted that the notice from your firm (Mangwana and Partners, to the ratepayers) cannot be read with eyes shut. The letter speaks for itself no matter what you would want council to believe.
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You extorted and intimidated members of the public through a letter that was based on falsehoods. You threatened attachment of identified property fully aware that there were no judgments to that effect. You authorised your name and the name of your law firm to be used to illegally search people, thus, violating people’s privacy.
However, Managwana has challenged the LSZ’s decision at the High Court arguing:
. . I responded to the matter in my letter dated June 22, 2015, indicating that my firm had engaged tracers to ascertain if the debtors had attachable property. This was a misuse of the term tracers when what I meant was that the engaged persons were under the firm’s direct supervision and instructed to check by way of visual inspection whether or not there was attachable property when they delivered letters of demand and other follow-up documents generated from my firm.
Matter is still pending.