Prior to his elevation Bere of Bere Brothers Legal Practitioners based in Mutare was LSZ’s vice president since 2009 and a councillor and committee chairperson since 2001.
Lloyd Mhishi a councillor representing Harare and a partner with Dube Manikai and Hwacha (DMH) is the new Vice President. Mhishi is also law lecturer at the faculties of law of both University of Zimbabwe (UZ) and the Midlands State University (MSU).
Bere replaces Josephat Tshuma who led the Law Society in drafting a Model Constitution for Zimbabwe.
Speaking to RadioVOP Bere said, “I stand on a platform built by many remarkable leaders, it is a solid platform and with the help of the 10 leaders that are the Council and the full complement of the secretariat as well as an independent legal profession, I cannot fail…I am both excited and humbled.”
“In addition it would be good if besides the statutory and practical independence we enjoy as a profession could extend to financial independence during my term. I also believe it is possible to improve effectiveness and efficiency at the Secretariat level and for Council oversight to be more effective,” he said.
Bere is also a part time university lecturer in Business Law, Company Law and Ethics and Professionalism as well as a recognised human rights activist. He is a past winner of the Zimbabwe Human Rights Lawyer Award after organising interventions to offer legal assistance to victim of the Chiadzwa Diamond Fields human rights violations and for his courageous and successful defence of Farai Maguwu (a diamond activist persecuted by the authorities between June and September 2010).