Mary Chiwenga to spend Christmas in custody
Alienated wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Mary appeared at the court today facing charges of attempted murder and money laundering. She was denied bail and remanded in custody to December 30, 2019.
Michael Reza and Jonathan Murombedzi were representing the state. While Taona Nyamakura and Mzokuthula Mbuyisa were representing Mary Chiwenga. Michael Reza argued that the attempted murder charge is a third schedule offense and that as such, the Magistrates’ court should not grant bail.
He went on to say that only the High Court could grant bail in such circumstances. He said that Marry should approach the high court for bail. The Magistrate agreed with Reza and advised Mary to apply for bail at the High Court.
On the charges of fraud, the export of foreign currency and money laundering also opposed bail for Mary arguing that there is a likelihood that Mubaiwa will continue working to ensure that she kills Chiwenga.
Reza also added that Mary may interfere with key state witnesses and investigations if granted bail. He also said that the witnesses in the externalization case are Mary’s friends who may reconsider their testimonies if approached the right way by the accused.
Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) arrested Mary Chiwenga on Saturday night. Mary is facing several charges of externalizing US$1 million. Also, seeking to fraudulently formalize her marriage without the consent of the Vice President. Mary is also battling another lawsuit from her ex-husband and former Warriors star Shingi Kaondera.
Kaondera has dragged Mary to the High Court demanding US$700 000. He alleged that Mary forged divorce papers.
Written by tatenda