Mary Chiwenga (nee Mubaiwa) the estranged wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been charged with attempted murder.  Mary is being accused of plotting to kill the former Army General. The state is arguing that she tried to kill her husband,  Vice President Constantino Chiwenga by unplugging life support tubes when the General was admitted in a South Africa hospital.

The additional charges were filed at the courts today.  We publish the new charges in their entirety below,



1. The complainant is the Vice President of Zimbabwe Comrade Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga.

2. Accused Marry Mubaiwa is estranged wife of the complainant.

3. On 22 June 2019, the complainant was airlifted to South Africa for emergency medical attention however upon arrival, the accused forced the complainant to stay at Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria for 24 hours.

4. On 23 June 2019, accused kept on denying complainant access to medical treatment and the security team had to force their way to take the complainant to Netcare hospital.

5. Upon his admission at the hospital, the complainant was inserted with Intra Venous Giving Set as well as Central Venous Catheter in order to sustain his life. Some weeks later, the complainant was transferred to a private Ward where he was under 24-hour monitoring by doctors and his security personnel.

6. During this time when the complainant was admitted at the hospital, he was helpless and would rely on medical staff and the security personnel whenever he was moving from one point to the other.

7. On 8 July 2019, at about 2000 hours, the accused came to the hospital with the intent to cause serious harm to the complainant. She ordered the security personnel to excuse her alleging that she wanted privacy with the complainant. The security personnel went outside leaving the accused together with the complainant inside the ward.

8. Whilst alone with the complainant accused unlawfully removed the medical Intra Venous Giving Set as well as Central Venous Catheter which were inserted to the complainant and the complainant started bleeding profusely.

9. The accused forced the complainant off the bed, held him by hand and moved out from the ward before being intercepted by the security personnel at the exit door. The hospital staff was called by the security personnel and they reconnected the Intra Venous Giving Set and the Central Venous Catheter and resuscitated the condition of the complainant.

10. The accused disappeared from the hospital after the hospital staff was alerted by the security personnel.

11. The accused had no right whatsoever to act in the manner she did.

Bail Denied

Mary has been denied bail. Mary who is facing a myriad of charges which include fraud and the attempted murder of the Vice President has been remanded in custody to December 30, 2019.

The state was represented by Michael Reza and Jonathan Murombedzi while the Second Lady, was represented by Taona Nyamakura and Mzokuthula Mbuyisa from Mtetwa and Nyambirai law firm.

Michael Reza argued that the attempted murder charge is a third schedule offence 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  Marr should approach the high court for bail. The Magistrate agreed with Reza and advised Mary to apply for bail at the High Court.  She was ordered to return to court on the 30th of December for routine remand.

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 argued that the witnesses in the externalisation case are Mary’s friends who may reconsider their testimonies if approached the right way by the accused.

Mary was arrested on Saturday night by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) allegedly at the orders of her husband. The arrest came after an explosive family meeting to discuss the collapse of the couple’s marriage was held on Friday. A feisty Mary is alleged to have become indiscrete during the meeting and made barbed remarks about her husband’s alleged sexual inadequacies.