Marry Mubaiwa’s former maid, Delight Munyoro, on Wednesday told a court that she had forgotten some of the events that took place during and after her assault, allegedly by the ex-wife of vice president Constantino Chiwenga.
Munyoro was testifying on the first day of Mubaiwa’s trial for assault before Harare magistrate Learnmore Mapiye.
Prosecutors accuse Mubaiwa of assaulting Munyoro at a Harare school where one of her children was enrolled sometime in 2020.
The state alleges that the attack came after Munyoro denied Mubaiwa – who was separated from Chiwenga at the time – access to the child.
Munyoro alleged that the former model assaulted her using the back of her hand leaving her with a loose tooth which was later removed after she sought medical attention at Parirenyatwa Hospital where she was examined by one Dr Manana. Munyoro recalled:
I was in the vehicle in the back seat behind the driver and there was Theresa who was seated on my left and the child was seated between us.
The accused started shouting and she struck me on the left cheek with the back of her hand. I asked her why she was assaulting me when I was looking after her children.
She then ordered me to disembark and fight her but I refused. She started insulting me saying I’m a witch and that my days are numbered. After the assault, my tooth was loose and there was blood in my mouth. The tooth was later removed.
Under cross-examination by Mubaiwa’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa, Munyoro struggled to remember the sequence of events, or explain some details of the attack. Munyoro also:
i). had no recollection of the number of visits she made to Parirenyatwa Hospital.
ii). told Mtetwa that she could not remember the name of a private doctor she also consulted, she forgot even the location of the said surgery.
When Mtetwa asked her how she could get injured and have a tooth removed after being assaulted with a hand that was swollen Munyoro then changed her statement, saying it was a ring on Mubaiwa’s left hand that did the damage.
Mtetwa told Munyoro that her story was a fictitious tale she was being made to tell the court by Chiwenga, who is eager to see his ex-wife jailed.
The trial was postponed to March 28.
Chiwenga has filed a series of criminal charges against Mubaiwa, including claims that she attempted to kill him in a South African hospital in 2019.