Lawyers hunt for practitioner
THE Law Society of Zimbabwe is seeking leave to serve summons on legal practitioner Abel Mvuu through the media as he has become unreachable after he allegedly used fake documents during a court application.
In an application at the High Court, the Law Society of Zimbabwe are seeking authority to proceed in Mvuu’s absence if he does not respond as he is due for disciplinary hearing.
“If the respondent after due service in terms of this order, fails to appear in the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal, the hearing may proceed without further notice to the respondent,” reads the draft order.
The court heard Mvuu is a registered legal practitioner, but his address of service is unknown and is currently under investigations for misconduct.
“The respondent has conducted himself in contravention of the Legal Practitioners Act of the Law Society of Zimbabwe in that he dishonestly used fake documents in court proceedings and failed to respond to correspondence from the Law Society of Zimbabwe secretary,” Law Society executive secretary Edward Mapara said.
“The Law Society of Zimbabwe Council resolved that an application be submitted before the Legal Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal for de-registration of Mvuu from the register of legal practitioners, notaries and conveyancers.”
The court heard Mvuu was served with an application for the tribunal hearing on May 28 last year, but has not filed any counter-statement and the matter has been set down for hearing in the disciplinary tribunal on December 1.
“The respondent has since abandoned his law firm’s offices without advising the applicant or giving any contact details and he cannot be located.
“The information available to the applicant from his former landlord indicates that he has abandoned practice.”