Marry faces six charges of money laundering and fraud

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The embattled wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Marry Mubaiwa, faces at least six charges of money laundering and fraud as well as one count of misrepresentations amid indications that the fallout in their union is the cause for her crisis.

According to charges drafted by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), Mary allegedly externalized close to USD$1 million to South Africa and China on several occasions. According to the charges, she externalized USD$114 000 to China through his personal driver, Carrington Kazingizi and Terrence Mutandwa to China and the money was not declared to authorities.

“Sometime in November 2018, the accused instructed Memory Chakuinga to come up with a proforma invoice for supply of events tents and chairs which were then sent to CBZ Bank and also to the accused. On 17 December 2018, the accused on the strength of the proforma invoice, caused CBZ Bank to transfer USD$201 846-81 through Outgoing Telegraphic transfer into Falcon Projects Suppliers Limited South Africa FNB Bank Account number 62576755105. Instead of the funds being used for the purchase of event tents and chairs, the accused instructed Memory Chakuinga to divert funds to Range Rover Centre towards the purchase of the accused personal vehicle, a Range Rover Autobiography,” read part of the charge sheet seen by The Anchor.

Mary was arrested on Saturday and was due to appear in court on Monday. The state further alleges that she transferred USD$ 307 545-05 for procurement of prepaid meters and the funds were then diverted to purchase a house in South Africa which is registered into a company where she was a sole shareholder.

On another charge, Mary is being accused of misrepresenting to the president of the High Court George Chiweshe that the Vice President Chiwenga wanted to wed with her.

The state alleges that through the misrepresentation, the acting chief magistate, Munamato Mutevedzi was assigned to solemnize the wedding. But the state alleges that the VP had not consented to the wedding and that it was done fraudulently as she had lied to the authorities.

The state alleges that Mary had purchased wedding rings for the two and had put in motion plans for the ceremony.

“By such misrepresentation, the accused caused prejudice to the good administration of justice and the reputation of the complaint (Chiwenga)”, read part of the charge sheet.

The VP and the estranged wife are not staying together since Chiwenga’s return from China where he had gone for medical treatment.

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