Chief Justice Luke Malaba ordered investigations into Supreme Court judge Justice Francis Bere over allegations of conflict of interest in a ruling he made in the more than $2 million consultancy dispute between Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed Meikles Limited and Widefree Investments.
Widefree is linked to industrialist Joseph Kanyekanye, a long standing client of Bere Brothers, a law firm founded by Justice Francis Bere. Chief Justice Malaba ordered investigations into alleged violation of judicial ethical conduct after Meikles executive chairman John Moxon filed a complaint with the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) that Justice Bere was conflicted in giving a ruling against Meikles under Case Number SC 503/18.
Meikles, which entered into a consultancy agreement with Widefree Investments trading as Core Solutions in December 2013, lost the case both at the High Court and Supreme Court. Core Solutions would assist Meikles in recovering funds it was owed by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.