The trial of the ex-wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Marry Mubaiwa, for attempted murder has been postponed to January next year.
Mubaiwa’s application to have the trial deferred to 2023 was on Thursday granted by Harare magistrate Feresi Chakanyuka.
Mubaiwa is facing a charge of attempting to kill Chiwenga while he was hospitalised in Pretoria, South Africa in 2019.
Lawyer Ryan Sitotombe, who was standing in for Mubaiwa’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, told the court that Mubaiwa’s preferred lawyer was set to undergo an operation in South Africa so she was unavailable. Said Sitotombe:
Following your ruling, we wish to apply for a postponement because her lawyer is due for an operation in SA.
She will not be available because of that and after the operation, she will not be able to walk on her own without the assistance of crutches.
Therefore, to enable the accused’s counsel of choice to represent her we seek postponement to January 17.
Mubaiwa had sought the postponement of the trial to 20 January pending a High Court determination on whether the Harare Magistrates Court has jurisdiction to preside over the matter as the alleged crime was committed in South Africa. | NewsDay