False start to Marry Chiwenga trial  

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VICE President Constantino Chiwenga’s estranged wife, Marry’s trial for assaulting a maid failed to kick off yesterday after the prosecution sought a month’s postponement to May.
Marry, pictured, appeared before deputy chief magistrate Chrispen Mberewere represented by Beatrice Mtetwa yesterday.
Prosecutor Netsai Mushayabasa advised the court that the postponement was consensual before witnesses Delight Munyoro, Batsirai Furukiya and Gresham Virukayi were warned to return on May 12 for trial.
The trial has been set on a continuous roll to May 15.
In her statement, Marry said on January 28 she went to collect her children from school following the ruling by the High Court and when she got there, she saw Munyoro sitting in a vehicle in the company of security details from the army and Central Intelligence Organisation.
Marry said she then asked Munyoro why she had instructed her younger children not to speak to their siblings and Munyoro responded that she should be grateful and thankful that she was caring for her children as Chiwenga could not look after them.
“Although there was a verbal exchange between them, there was no physical contact as complainant had armed personnel and was also sitting in the car,” Mtetwa said, adding her client was surprised to later learn that she was wanted by the police for questioning on charges of assault.
Meanwhile, former Health minister David Parirenyatwa’s criminal abuse of office trial was also postponed to April 30 after his new lawyer Innocent Chingarande requested time to familiarise with the case.
Parirenyatwa is being accused of corruptly directing NatPharm board chairperson George Washaya to end Flora Nancy Sifeku’s contract with the organisation as managing director and replacing her with Newman Madzikwa.

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