By ZBC Reporter
THE HIGH Court has ordered Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga to return children to his estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa-Chiwenga within 24 hours and allow her access to their home in Borrowdale Brooke, Orchid property in Domboshawa and their cars.
A High Court ruling handed down in Harare this Friday denied Vice President Constantino Chiwenga custody of his three minor children and ordered him to return them to their mother, Marry Mubaiwa-Chiwenga.
The court also ordered Vice President Chiwenga not to interfere with Marry’s access to their home in Borrowdale Brook, her business premises and other assets that include cars. The order on properties and other assets was granted pending the conclusion of the two’s matrimonial proceedings.
Vice President Chiwenga filed for divorce against Marry, who is on bail after being charged with attempted murder, externalisation of foreign currency, money laundering and fraud.
She is accused of attempting to murder Vice President Chiwenga while in hospital in South Africa last year.
On Charges of attempted murder on the vice president, the 38-year-old Mubaiwa denies attempting to kill her former husband saying the charges were fabricated. She argues that her former husband had brought the murder charges against her in an attempt to force her hand in divorce proceedings that are pending in the high court.
Mubaiwa told the court through her lawyers that her alleged offence occurred when the vice president was already physically frail and nursing injuries sustained in a bomb attack in Bulawayo in June last year.
In denying charges of attempting to murder her husband, Mubaiwa told the high court that Rtd Gen Chiwenga had asked President Emmerson Mnangagwa to make arrangements to have her sent to China, where he was being treated, and also gave her money.
Mubaiwa said in her bail application that President Mnangagwa “even sent his personal security with US$30,000 for her personal upkeep and use”.
All this occurred after July 2019, Mubaiwa’s lawyers told the court, adding that “it is inconceivable that this would have happened had she tried to murder her husband”.
On charges of externalisation of foreign currency, money laundering and fraud, Mubaiwa argued that the State has no reason to charge her, as the offences she is accused of were committed through her companies, where she is only a director. She said the State was supposed to charge the companies and not her.
When Mubaiwa appeared for routine remand at the Harare Magistrates court on the 14th of January 2020, she notified the state that when next she appears in court she will be demanding a trial date or else she will apply for refusal of further remand.
Mubaiwa was granted ZWL$50 000 bail by the High Court on the 6th of January 2020 after spending the Christmas and New year holidays in custody.
By ZBC Reporter