Cops: Wife of Zimbabwe VP Tried to Kill Him

Marry Chiwenga also charged with money laundering and fraud
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 16, 2019 1:20 PM CST
Cops: Wife of Zimbabwe VP Tried to Kill Him
In this 2018 photo, Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is seen with his wife, Marry, right, upon arrival for the inauguration ceremony of President Emmerson Mnangagwa at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.   (AP Photo/Wonder Mashura, File)

The wife of Zimbabwe’s vice president has been charged with attempting to kill her husband, the AP reports. Marry Chiwenga, a former model and wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court Monday where she was also charged with money laundering and fraud. Wearing a floral dress, she waved to journalists as she entered the court's holding cells. The magistrate ordered that she remain in custody pending a bail hearing. Chiwenga, who was seen as close to her husband before and immediately after he led the military to force the late former president, Robert Mugabe, to resign in 2017, is accused of trying to kill her husband in South Africa in July.

First, she tried to deny medical treatment to her husband by insisting he stay at a hotel instead of a hospital when he was flown to South Africa for emergency medical treatment, according to the charge sheet. While Constantino Chiwenga was in the hospital on July 8, she went to his room, asked security to leave and, while alone with him, removed an intravenous drip and a catheter, causing him to bleed profusely, according to the charge sheet. He later went to China where he received medical treatment for four months, and he returned to Zimbabwe in November. Chiwenga has not been seen in public with her husband since he returned from China in November. On Monday, the state-run Herald newspaper described her as “the estranged wife” of the vice president. (More Zimbabwe stories.)

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