By Margaret Matibiri
THE WIFE (separated)of the vice-president, Retired General Constantino Chiwenga, Marry Mubaiwa Chiwenga(38) is not fit for trial due to her physical condition and health, the High Court has been told.
In a medical affidavit accompanying her application for bail filed before the High Court in respect of the matter in which she stands accused of attempting to murder the Vice President of Zimbabwe, her husband, Dr Admire Virimayi Jira stated that Marry needs to be attended to by a physician, surgeon and a psychiatrist.
“Marry Mubaiwa Chiwenga is not capable to stand trial due to her current physical condition,” reads the affidavit.
“Marry Mubaiwa Chiwenga should be in a hospital and be on treatment, preferably Avenues hospital. She should be under care of a physician, surgeon and psychiatrist of her choice.”
The second lady was advised to approach the High Court for bail as she is facing a third schedule offense.
She was remanded in custody to December 30 by Deputy Chief Magistrate Christen Mberewere.
In her application, she pleads with the court to grant her bail saying, although she is facing a serious charge, there is no substantive evidence to link her to the offense which she claims is ‘fabricated.’
She also argued that her former husband had brought the murder charges against her in an attempt to ‘force her hand in divorce proceedings that are pending’.
Allegations are that on 22 June 2019, the complainant was airlifted to South Africa for emergency medical attention, however upon arrival, the accused forced the complainant to stay at Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria for 24 hours.
It is alleged the security team had to force their way to take the complainant to Netcare hospital on the 23 of June 2019 as the accused kept on denying the complainant medical attention.
Upon his admission at the hospital, the vice president was inserted with an intravenous giving set as well as a central venous catheter in order to sustain his life.
Weeks later, the vice president was transferred to a private ward where he was under 24-hour monitoring by doctors and his security personnel.
The court documents say during this time, the complainant was helpless and would rely on medical staff and the security personnel whenever he was moving from one point to another.
It is alleged that on the 8th of July 2019, at about 2000 hours, Marry Mubaiwa came to the hospital with the intent to cause serious harm to the complainant.
It is alleged she ordered the security personnel to excuse them alleging she wanted privacy with the complainant, the security personnel went outside leaving the accused with the vice president following which she is accused of unlawfully removing the medical intravenous giving set as well as the central venous catheter which was inserted into the complainant and the vice president started to bleed profusely.
It is alleged the accused forced the complainant off the bed, held him by the hand and moved out of the ward before being intercepted by the security personnel at the exit door who then called in the hospital staff to reconnect the life-giving set.
It is alleged the accused disappeared from the hospital after the hospital staff was alerted by the security personnel.
Marry Mubaiwa is facing additional charges of externalising more than US$1 million, money laundering and fraud as defined in section 136 of the criminal law act chapter 9.2.
By Margaret Matibiri