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Marry Mubaiwa Says She Is Penniless And In Pain, Desperate To See Her Children

Marry Mubaiwa Says She Is Penniless And In Pain, Desperate To See Her Children

Marry Mubaiwa, the former wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, said she is in great pain and her health was deteriorating.

Mubaiwa (40) told the Sunday Times in an exclusive interview that she is penniless and has no home and people must not be surprised if she committed suicide. She said:

I am not well at all and I feel that if I had gone out of the country to seek better treatment I would be better, but the court refused to give me my passport as part of bail conditions.

… I stay at my parents’ home because I have nothing. I don’t have a house and even a car, so I am under my parents’ care.

I have a well-equipped clinic which I had built from my personal funds in Domboshava [outside Harare] but I was blocked from accessing it.

She suffers from lymphoedema, a disease that causes the limbs to swell.

Mubaiwa had her arm amputated after a court forbade her from travelling to South Africa for medical treatment.

She said she has not been allowed to see or speak to her children — aged between eight and 11 — for three years. Said Mubaiwa:

Especially not seeing my children is very painful for me. Sometimes I start having thoughts of committing suicide — and don’t be surprised [if I do]. I have not spoken to my kids and I have not seen them since 2019.

In a couple of days, it will be my daughter’s and my son’s birthdays. I have not spoken to them even over the phone.

My lawyers have written to [Chiwenga’s] lawyers many times for me to get access to my children but that has not helped.

Our children have nothing to do with what is happening between us … These are young children.

I always ask myself what he says to them about me. These are kids who need their mother.

I spent nights and days crying, asking God: ‘Why did you let this happen to me?’ Everything I am accused of, I didn’t do it.

Right now, I am so sick. I am having challenges with my legs that are swollen and so painful and the doctors told me after the amputation of my right arm that my body has too much fluid.

Last week, Mubaiwa was acquitted on charges of assaulting her children’s nanny, Delight Munyoro, by a Harare magistrate.

However, she will appear in court at the end of the month on a charge of attempted murder.

In April, she was found guilty of marriage fraud and sentenced by the Harare Magistrate’s Court to a year in jail, reduced because of ill health to a fine of ZWL$60,000 Zimbabwe.

Mubaiwa was found to have forged Chiwenga’s signature on documents that upgraded their marriage from a customary one to a civil union.

She also faces charges of money laundering and violating exchange control laws for which she is still standing trial. |

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