The Law Society of Zimbabwe says vastly experienced lawyers are allowed to charge up to ZW$17 500 PER HOUR in legal fees.
An uncontested divorce will now cost ZW$50 000 for the plaintiff and ZW$30 000 for the defendant while a lease agreement drafted requires ZW$30 000.
Meanwhile, some health care practitioners in the private sector are charging about USD80, which is approximately ZW$6000 using the parallel market rate, for a mere consultation.
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The escalation in the fees can be attributed to the local currency’s rapid shedding of value against the United States dollar.
This comes when workers’ unions in the country are calling upon the government to pay workers in United States dollars adding that the soaring inflation has eroded their salaries.
The government has since last year been giving cushioning allowances to workers but, the inflation would erode the money before it was collected by the workers.
In 2019, health caregivers embarked on a months-long protest over poor remuneration and teachers also initiated a go-slow to force the government to address the salaries issue.
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