Prominent lawyer Chikumbirike dies

HARARE – One of Zimbabwe’s top lawyers George Chikumbirike has died. Although details of his death were still sketchy last night, it has been reported that Chikumbirike, who has been ill for some time, died at a private clinic in Harare.\r\n

Advocate Lewis Uriri last night confirmed the death of Chikumbirike. He said Chikumbirike passed on yesterday around 5:30pm at Avenues Clinic where he had been admitted on Tuesday.

“Chikumbirike had been unwell for sometime and the last time I talked to him, he was complaining of a headache. In fact there was a case, which we were doing together and had to postpone twice because Chikumbirike was not well,” said Uriri.

Chikumbirike, the lead attorney for Chikumbirike and Associates represented President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace in a case in which she is suing the Standard for publishing a WikiLeaks cable saying she benefited from illicit diamond trade.

He also represented the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in a case in which MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai was seeking the release of the 2008 harmonised elections.

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Among other high profile personalities, Chikumbirike also represented former Finance minister Chris Kuruneri, businessman James Makamba and British tycoon Nicholas van Hoogstraten.

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Chikumbirike will be buried in Bute village in Mrehwa this Saturday.

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Scores of mourners have converged at Number 11 Wood Lane in Borrowdale to console the Chikumbirike family after the death of Advocate George Chikumbirike who succumbed to renal failure.

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According to the late prominent lawyer’s brother Anesu, the Chikumbirike family has been robbed of a unifier and a father figure.

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Amongst the first to convey condolences was Judge President, Justice George Chiweshe, who described the late Advocate as a shrewd lawyer who fearlessly executed his mandate.

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Advocate George Chikumbirike was born on the 26th of October 1956 in Mrehwa and attended Law School at the then University of Rhodesia during the early 70s.

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After a brief stint working for Government, he joined Chiranda and Chihambakwe legal practitioners before setting up private practice in 1990.

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The church service for the late lawyer will be held at Chisipite United Methodist Church at 2PM this Friday and burial will take place on Saturday at his rural home in Mrewa at 10 am.

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He is survived by several children.