Judgement reserved in Chiwengas’ case

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HIGH Court judge Christopher Dube Banda has reserved ruling in an application in which Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s estranged wife, Marry is seeking to be granted access to her six cars, their children and properties, including their plush Borrowdale Brooke house. Marry — who is facing fraud, attempted murder, externalisation and money laundering charges said soon after her release from remand prison, she was denied access to their matrimonial home and was not aware of her children’s whereabouts. This prompted her to approach the High Court seeking recourse. While last week, there were indications that the matter could be settled outside courts, the parties had to argue the matter yesterday, after failing to find common ground. Chiwenga’s lawyer
Wilson Manase, in the company of Advocate Lewis Uriri, told journalists after the hearing of the matter that judgment had been reserved. He said some of the major issues discussed include the issue of children and the matrimonial house, where she was supposed to reside in terms of her bail conditions. “There are bail conditions which preclude her from interfering with witnesses, so she cannot do so and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had already filed an application to amend the bail order of justice (Pisirayi) Kwenda to that effect to make sure that the two cannot mix. “Mind you there is an attempted murder charge in which the accused is said to have interfered with the life of the vice president, so they cannot live together,” Manase said. Marry’s lawyer Taona Nyamakura also confirmed that the court had reserved ruling. In her court papers, Marry demanded access
to her six cars: a Toyota Lexus, a Range Rover and four Mercedes Benz, as well as her clothes and other personal goods. She also demanded access to her two safes containing her personal items and permission to see her children. She further sought an order for her to be allowed to access their Orchid Gardens home in Domboshava as well as a directive for lieutenant colonel Mangezi to return all the furniture and goods that were removed
from the gardens using an alleged Zimbabwe National Army motor vehicle. She accused Chiwenga of employing “cowboy antics” and abusing his position as the country’s vice president by using the army to bar her from accessing their properties. In response, Chiwenga said he took custody of the children after Marry was arrested as they had no one to stay with. He accused Marry
of practicing witchcraft, claiming he had to take the children abroad on holiday as they were exhibiting signs of trauma after being exposed to “black magic rituals”. “The various tools of trade (by) the witchdoctors which were unexpectedly left behind by applicant after her arrest, told a horror story. My clothes in some instances were heaped together and sprayed by applicant with some unknown substances. I had to take the children away to cleanse memories of the horrors they experienced,” Chiwenga said. The VP said “witchcraft was all over the house”, saying this was embarrassing in this day and age. Chiwenga said he had made a big mistake by marrying Marry. “Marrying her was the worst mistake I made. This was all to the cunning behaviour she employed to secure a place in my life. She needed moulding but I later found you could not teach an old dog new tricks,” he said.

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