Vice President Chiwenga’s estranged wife Marry Mubaiwa had an attempted murder charge added to three more she faced when she appeared before the Harare Magistrates’ Court.
Mubaiwa was arrested on Saturday evening on six counts of externalisation, five counts of money laundering and one of fraud.
Deputy chief magistrate Crispen Mberewere remanded Mubaiwa in custody to December 30 for routine remand.
Mubaiwa allegedly externalised and laundered more than US$2 million and fraud after she allegedly wanted to illegally solemnise their marriage without his consent.
Mberewere said Mubaiwa was a flight risk considering the seriousness of her offence adding that the state’s case has palpable strength and there is a chance to secure conviction, so that could induce her to flee.
According to the attempted murder charge, Mubaiwa allegedly detained her husband in a South African hotel for 24 hours although he needed emergency medical attention.
Appearing at the Harare Magistrates’ Court, prosecutor Michael Reza said Chiwenga’s security team had to forcibly take him to a hospital despite Mubaiwa’s resistance.
Reza further alleged that Mubaiwa the intra venous giving set and catheter which were administered to the ailing and bedridden vice president when he was admitted at a South African hospital.
Chiwenga reportedly started bleeding profusely after Mubaiwa removed the life-saving devices.
Mubaiwa, according to Reza, forced Chiwenga off his hospital bed while attempting to take him out of the ward but was foiled by his security aides.
Reza said Mubaiwa, who is being represented by Taona Wayne Nyamakura of Mtetwa and Nyambirai, was facing a third schedule offence hence she had to apply for bail at the High Court.
Allegations are that on June 22 this year, Chiwenga was airlifted for a medical emergency in South Africa but Mubaiwa took him to Sheraton Hotel in Pretoria where she kept him for 24 hours.
The state further alleges that the following day, Marry kept on denying Chiwenga medical attention till the security team forcefully took him to Netcare Hospital.
It is said on his admission, Chiwenga had intra-venous giving set as well as a central venous catheter administered on him to sustain his life.
It is also alleged that Chiwenga was transferred to a private ward a few weeks later where he was under 24 hour monitoring by his doctors and security aides.
The court further heard that Chiwenga was helpless and relied on the medical staff and his security.
It is also alleged that on July 8 at around 8pm, Mubaiwa visited the hospital and asked the staff to excuse her on the pretext that she needed some privacy with Chiwenga.
Mubaiwa allegedly removed the intra-venous connections leading to Chiwenga bleeding profusely.
The court further heard that Mubaiwa removed Chiwenga from his hospital bed and attempted to take him out of hospital before his security team stopped her.
Medical staff had to be called to resuscitate Chiwenga while Mubaiwa allegedly disappeared from the hospital.