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Wife of Zimbabwe VP paraded in court, charged with attempt to murder husband



Marry Mubaiwa, the wife of the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Constantino Chiwenga, was paraded before a court in Harare on Monday on charges of money laundering, fraud and violating exchange control regulations.

The court also charged Marry with attempting to murder her husband who played a key role in overthrowing former President Robert Mugabe in 2017. She denies all the charges.

Prosecutors say she tried to kill Gen Constantino Chiwenga while he was receiving treatment in South Africa.

Chiwenga alleges that Ms Mubaiwa tried to prevent him from getting medical treatment in South Africa six months ago. When he was admitted to hospital in Pretoria, it is alleged she pulled an intravenous drip out of his arm.

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Marry was accused of unlawfully transferring $919,000 to South Africa under the guise of importing goods, which the anti-corruption body alleged she never did.

Some of the money was allegedly used to buy a house in the up-market Waterkloof Golf Estate in Pretoria, South Africa, says the charge sheet.

Mubaiwa is also accused of having bought two Range Rover vehicles, registering them in her name in South Africa. Officers from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission say the alleged offences happened between October 2018 and May this year.

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