The wife of the current vice-president of Zimbabwe, Constantino Chiwenga, who has already been prosecuted for fraud and money laundering, was placed in pre-trial detention on Monday, accused this time of having attempted to kill her husband.
Harry, 38-year-old Harare, summoned to court in the capital city on Monday, was charged with an attempted murder charge and was jailed until a future court appearance on December 30.
Ms. Mubaiwa was not questioned by judge Crispen Mberewere on the charges against her. His lawyer announced that he was going to ask for his release.
According to the indictment released on Monday, former model Marry Mubaiwa is accused of removing an infusion from General Chiwenga’s arm, who was hospitalized in Pretoria, the capital of South Africa.
« On July 8, 2019, the accused came to the hospital with the intention of seriously harming the complainant, » said the document.
“Once alone with the complainant, the accused illegally disconnected the complainant’s infusion (which) started to bleed profusely,” continued the prosecution, “the accused then took the complainant out of his bed, the took by the hand and took him out of his room, before being intercepted by security ”.
Marry Mubaiwa, who now lives apart from her husband, managed to escape from the hospital. Aged 63, Mr. Chiwenga returned to his country last month after a four-month medical stay in China.
Violation of exchange controls
A former chief of staff of the Zimbabwean army, Constantino Chiwenga is considered the architect of the coup that precipitated the resignation of President Robert Mugabe in late 2017, after thirty-seven years of reign over the country.
His wife was arrested by police on Saturday on the orders of the Anti-Corruption Commission.
According to a Commission document obtained by AFP, she is accused of having transferred in 2018 and 2019 a million dollars from her accounts in Zimbabwe to South African banks « by hiding or making up their true use », in exchange control violation.
These funds were in fact used for the purchase in South Africa, with accomplices, of a property in Pretoria and two luxury all-terrain vehicles.
Chiwenga is considered close to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has made a point of reviving the country’s economy in the midst of collapse, notably by fighting capital flight and tax evasion.