Former VP wife battles ill health

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By Petronilla Mukamuri

Vice President Constatino Chiwenga’s estranged wife Marry Mubaiwa is battling ill health and needs time to get medication, the court heard when she appeared for trial on allegations of attempting to kill her then husband.

The trail suffered a false start after she was told to come back to court on 30th of November because the trial which was supposed to open Monday, failed with the state saying the lead prosecutor handling the matter was not available.

Mubaiwa whose lead counsel is Beatrice Mtetwa said they were prepared for trial but the state was not playing ball.

“We came prepared for the trial and were told that Mushayabasa is away for the whole week,” said Mtetwa.

As the state sought postponement of the matter, Mtetwa told the court that her client was unwell and therefore wanted the matter to be concluded so that she could get time on her own health.

She told the court that the accused had anticipated that the trial would be done today and that she gets time for treatment.

“She had anticipated that if she could get her trial done today, she may have time for treatment” said Mtetwa.

Mtetwa submitted that reason why they agreed to the November 30 postponement was because they were not sure on how Mubaiwa would have responded to her treatment.

“With the regard of 30 November 2020, we have agreed to that date your worship on the basis that it is provisional because we are not sure how the treatment would have gone by then,” said Mtetwa.

It is the state’s case that Mubaiwa sometime in 2019 tried to kill her then husband Chiwenga when he was in South Africa.

The two are embroiled in a nasty divorce, which has dragged the couple’s minor children, vast estate and also involved state institutions including the criminal and anti-corruption courts