Divorce will cost Chiwenga dearly … as Marry sings, demands tough settlement terms
THE estranged wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Marry, has set tough settlement conditions for the divorce that her powerful husband is demanding, the Daily News reports. This comes as Chiwenga has sensationally accused his 38-year-old wife of wanting to kill him and engaging in witchcraft — in claims which have laid bare the acrimony that currently engulfs the couple’s troubled marriage. In her response to Chiwenga’s divorce papers that were filed in December last year, Marry is pushing for an eye-watering settlement which would entail the former military chief parting with tens of thousands of United States dollars every month for her upkeep and the couple’s three children. Among other things, Marry is asking to be paid US$40 00 a month in maintenance funds for herself, and US$2 500 for each of the couple’s three children until they reach 18 years. In addition, she is demanding that Chiwenga meets her expenses for reconstructive surgery and other medical costs arising from the injuries that she suffered from a bomb blast in Bulawayo in 2018. Marry is further asking Chiwenga to provide her with an internationally-recognised medical aid cover until her death, as well as fully paid for annual holidays for the children. “One fully expensed international holiday per annum at a five star facility, inclusive of spending money of not less than the equivalent of US$25 000, one fully expensed regional holiday per annum at a five star facility inclusive of spending money of not less than the equivalent of US$15 000, one fully expensed local holiday per annum and spending money of not less than Z$25 000 per person,” Marry says in her papers that were filed with the High Court on Tuesday. Over and above all of this, the VP’s wife is demanding that the couple shares equally all the money that is in Chiwenga’s various bank accounts. “That the defendant be declared 50 percent owner of all funds held in the plaintiff’s name in banks or other financial institutions wheresoever held. “That where assets are jointly held in companies, the parties be given the option of buying each other out through a set-off. “Where the parties fail to agree on such option, that the defendant be given the right to first exercise such option,” Marry said further. The former model is also asking Chiwenga to provide her and the children with casual clothing twice a year, and to meet the medical and school
expenses for the children. Finally, she also wants to retain all the cars that she was using during the subsistence of their marriage. However, Chiwenga has already laid down a rebuttal of some of these demands. “The Toyota Lexus, registration number AEO5948, belongs to the respondent allocated to him under the Command Agriculture programme to supervise the programme countrywide. That said vehicle’s registration papers are with Command Agriculture. “Mercedes Benz S400 registration number AEC 1846 is a ministry of Defence vehicle purchased for use by the respondent when he was Commander Defence Forces (CDF). All the paper work is with the ministry of Defence. “Mercedes Benz E350 (Silver) was given to the respondent as an escort vehicle for the children … Like the two above, they do not belong to the applicant in any way or at all,” Chiwenga said. He said the other Mercedes Benz E350 also belonged to the ministry of Defence. Chiwenga said the only vehicles that belonged to Marry were a Range Rover Autobiography and a BMW 7 series which was in South Africa for repairs. The VP said further that Marry owned a Chevrolet, a Toyota Hilux and a Ford Ranger through her company Lachelle Travel and Tours. He has also said that he is willing to give Marry her personal clothing and goods, but would not want to stay with her at their plush house in the exclusive Borrowdale Brooke gated community in Harare — arguing that he was awarded this property as part of his previous divorce settlement. But in her response, Marry has blamed Chiwenga for “causing the demise” of their marriage. “The defendant (Marry) avers in reconvention that the demise of the customary law union was brought about by plaintiff’s (Chiwenga) acute paranoia brought about by his
poor health, his being under heavy doses of drugs, including unprescribed opiates, his surrounding himself with persons who want to take advantage of him and his belief that his ascendancy to the position of president might be in jeopardy,” she said in her papers this week. And while Chiwenga has claimed in his papers that he had given Marry a divorce token on November 24 last year, the former model has told the court that she declined the money. “The defendant (Marry) further claims in reconvention that the plaintiff has failed to follow proper customary law procedures to end the marriage and that instead plaintiff sent (Anselem) Sanyatwe to give her a US$100 bill which she declined to accept on the basis that it is unlawful in Zimbabwe to transact in United States dollars, and it is for the plaintiff to give her ‘gupuro’ (divorce token) after following all proper customary protocol. “Consequently, the customary marriage continues to subsist,” she said. In his divorce papers, Chiwenga asked to be given custody of the couple’s three children, claiming that Marry was not qualified to take care of them — and further accusing her of being a drug addict. But Marry says she is better placed to have custody of the children, than them being awarded to an allegedly “sickly absentee parent who is more in hospital than out”. She further argues that Chiwenga had approached the court with dirty hands after he illegally took custody of the children. “Defendant further pleads that … she is the lawful custodian of the parties’ minor children and that until he restores custody to her in terms of the law, he will be in contempt of court and will be approaching the court with dirty hands,” Marry said. She also argued that she is entitled
to an equal share of all the properties that were acquired during the subsistence of their marriage, not part of the estate as proposed by Chiwenga — and further denies ever buying properties behind the VP’s back. “Defendant pleads that all assets acquired during the subsistence of the marriage were acquired with the full knowledge and participation of the plaintiff whose name could not be used and who on advice from the bank, procured his relatives to assist in the acquisition of assets on the basis that plaintiff’s name could not be used as he was on the sanctions list. “Defendant further pleads that all monies used to acquire assets were availed by the plaintiff from some of his business partners and that the amnesia he has developed is part of the contrived criminal proceedings against her,” she said. She further disputed Chiwenga’s claim to the Borrowdale Brooke house, claiming that the property was an asset registered under a family Trust. In the bitter divorce proceedings, Chiwenga has also sensationally claimed in court that his estranged wife wants to kill him, and that she practises witchcraft — adding ruefully that marrying her was allegedly the worst mistake of his life.