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Kewada no stranger to high profile cases

Many people have been wondering who this Kewada is and how he is connected to the Mujuru family.

Kewada is the same lawyer who handled another high profile case involving exiled businessman and Telecel Zimbabwe chairman James Makamba when he was arrested and later acquitted on charges of violating the Exchange Control Act over six years ago.

Makamba later skipped the country when police tried to re-arrest him on fresh charges of externalising foreign currency in a case widely believed to be politically motivated.

Sources said Kewada has been representing the Mujuru family and their business interests since 1980.

But it is the just ended inquest into Mujuru’s death which has propelled him to greater prominence, almost making him a celebrity overnight.

His questioning of witnesses exposed discrepancies into the way authorities handled Mujuru’s body and raised questions into how he really died.

Through the assistance of South African forensic pathologist Dr Reggie Perumal, Kewada forced the Cuban pathologist, Dr Gonzales Alvero to admit that he did not do a proper autopsy on Mujuru’s body as he had no adequate equipment.

Alvero did not x-ray the body in accordance with international standards of autopsy and made an assumption that the General died from inhaling carbon monoxide.

South African police forensic experts, under cross examination from Kewada, also said they could not establish the cause of the fire, citing the poor way their Zimbabwean counterparts  collected, packaged and transported samples collected from the house.

The lawyer also exposed police officers providing Mujuru with security for sleeping on the job.

Two police officers at the farm admitted to going to sleep early, leaving only one of their colleagues who failed to detect the fire on time.


He has practised law for 37 years

 

Kewada is a senior partner at Scanlen and Holderness where he specialises in Corporate and Commercial law.

Although Kewada declined to discuss his work with The Standard citing professional reasons, information gathered from the Law Society of Zimbabwe and some of his associates show that he has been in practice in Zimbabwe for over 37 years now.

Born and bred in Kadoma, he studied law in the United Kingdom and qualified as a Barrister at Law before returning to Zimbabwe in 1972 where he was admitted as an advocate and attorney of the High Court.

He joined and subsequently became a Partner in the law firm of Condy Chadwick and Elliott before the firm merged with Scanlen & Holderness in 1990.

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