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Parliament Petitioned To Intervene In "Lawfare" On Marry Mubaiwa-Chiwenga

Parliament Petitioned To Intervene In

Human rights advocates under the Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe banner have petitioned Parliament to intervene in the alleged ill-treatment of Marry Mubaiwa, the former wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Jacob Mudenda, and dated 25 April 2022, ROHR Zimbabwe UK Chapter secretary, Alvina Chibhamu, said Marry’s case typifies “lawfare” being waged against an individual by State institutions that have been captured by the elite. Read the letter:

RE: THE MATTER OF MARRY MUBAIWA – CHIWENGA

We are Restoration of Human Rights (ROHR) Zimbabwe. We advocate for human rights with a particular focus on Zimbabwe.

We write to your August House with regards to the apparently continued persecution of Marry MubaiwaChiwenga, which, in our view is a typical case of “lawfare” waged against a citizen by a State whose institutions are captured by an elite few.

We are concerned about Mubaiwa-Chiwenga’s health condition and how she is being denied the opportunity to travel and seek medical assistance outside Zimbabwe.

We are also concerned about her being denied access to her children and vice-versa.

Marry is gravely ill with lymphoedema among a slew of other ailments. Her condition is life-threatening. She is now hospitalised.

A report from Dr John S Nyahunzvi dated 29 March 2022 indicates that amputation of her forearm is now necessary once she is deemed medically stable.

Marry has not been well since 2018 and she was getting medical treatment in South Africa.

Marry was arrested in 2019 and she has since been denied the opportunity to seek medical attention outside Zimbabwe whilst her condition continues to deteriorate.

Marry is being dragged before the Courts despite being very ill.

She has collapsed twice outside the Court but the Court has shown no compassion towards her health predicament.

In contrast, Prisca Mupfumira a former government minister who was implicated in the looting of US$95M of state funds was given permission to not attend court because she said she was not mentally fit to attend court and was even granted permission to travel abroad on a business trip. The double standards are so glaring.

This is such a glaring case of abuse of power against a mother and, by extension, her innocent children.

After years of a near defunct healthcare system, senior government officials including Marry’s own ex-husband Chiwenga frequently travel abroad for treatment.

Clearly, the healthcare facilities in Zimbabwe are inadequate for Marry’s needs and yet she is still being denied the same opportunity to travel abroad to seek medical attention.

This is despite the courts being advised by medical professionals in 2020 that failure to access specialist treatment would have dire consequences for Marry. The specialists’ advice was ignored.

Now Marry will experience those consequences as it has now been recommended that her forearm be amputated.

The refusal to allow Marry to travel for treatment outside Zimbabwe is a violation of Section 76 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe. Marry is being deprived of her Right to Health care.

Marry has also been denied access to her children since 2019.

At some point, the law was rationally applied by the High court and Marry was allowed to see her children, but her estranged husband VP Chiwenga appealed to the Supreme Court several times and irrationally “won” against all odds.

He has succeeded in preventing Marry from seeing her children. He has also prevailed in indirectly preventing Marry from seeking medical attention outside Zimbabwe.

On the one hand, Marry is being denied her right to be a mother; on the other hand, her children are being denied their right to family life as a result of decisions by the Supreme Court, presumably influenced by the Vice President.

The situation is coming across as if Vice President Chiwenga and the government are using Marry’s situation as a weapon against citizens and especially women.

This, in our opinion, is unacceptable in a civilized society.

According to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, several of Marry’s and her children’s basic human rights are being violated repeatedly and this has gone unchallenged for years on end. These include Sections:

49. Right to personal liberty 51. Right to human dignity 53. Right to Freedom from torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment 69. Right to a fair hearing 76. Right to healthcare 80. Rights of women 81. Rights of children

We are appealing for this matter to be heard and deliberated in Parliament with a view to finding an appropriate intervention.

Yours sincerely

Alvina Chibhamu Secretary – (ROHR Zimbabwe) UK Chapter

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jacob mudenda 3 weeks ago

Information secretary, Nick Mangwana, on Tuesday said Zimbabweans facing hardships in neighbouring South Africa were free to come back home where they will be supported by the government.
He made the remarks while addressing a media briefing on International Multilateralism for Diplomacy and Peace in Bulawayo. Mangwana said:
So again in terms of their needs, it depends on their needs. We can’t say they will come and get job priorities because already people here are looking for jobs. However, if they face any hardships or they have any needs, the government will support them as much as it can through the social service part.
Mangwana’s statement comes when Zimbabwean immigrants are facing increasing attacks from vigilante groups in South African townships for allegedly stealing jobs from locals there.
Reports indicate that Zimbabweans, fearing further xenophobic violence and facing an uncertain future after Pretoria announced plans to discontinue the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit, have started taking their valuables back home.
The xenophobic attacks recently claimed the life of a Zimbabwean national, Elvis Nyathi, who was beaten and burned alive by a mob outside his home in Diepsloot allegedly for failing to produce identity documents. 
Zimbabwean immigrants accuse South African Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi of fueling xenophobic attacks after he was quoted saying he would only retire when undocumented foreigners were locked away.
More: NewsDay Zimbabwe


BUOY 3 weeks ago

mhuka inonzi justice haisisimo muZimbabwe........


𝗠𝗮𝗿𝗮𝘃𝗮𝘇𝗮 3 weeks ago

𝗠𝘂𝗻𝗵𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗩𝗣 𝗮𝗿𝗶𝗸𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗱𝘇𝗮 𝗸𝘂𝘁𝗮𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗮 𝗻𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝘆𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗶𝘁𝗲𝗱𝘇𝗲𝗿𝗮 𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝗰 𝗻𝗵𝗮𝗶. 𝗞𝘄𝗲𝘁𝗲 𝗸𝘂𝘀𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗮 𝗺𝗮𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗯𝗮 𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗮, 𝗻𝗼 𝗻𝗼 𝗻𝗼! 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝘄𝗲𝗻𝗴𝗮 𝗶𝘀 𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝘀𝗽𝗶𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗯𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗺 𝘄𝗲 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗲𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗲𝘅𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗵𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗯𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝗻𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘅𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲...𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗲𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝗵𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗵𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘆. 👆❎


phil 3 weeks ago

Kuswero itiswa zvechi**** izvo vanhu vakapinda muwanano zvakanaka varikutambura vachitadza kurapiwa outside nokuti varikupiwa bond .Zvipatara hazvina chinhu madhara vachidya mari notu**** utwu ..nonsense.


Vote For Chamisa, Vote for CCC 3 weeks ago

We have people who have been abducted, tortured, etc but no petition was brought before Parliament.


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zvatinoda* 3 weeks ago

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Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 3 weeks ago

Vanhu vatinoda hatizvizivi, unonzwa rimwe richiti mugabe ayiva nane asi raiti mugabe ngaabve 🤔
koo kana varimwari varikuratidza masima avo kuna marry kuti zvawakaita kuna Shingi kana uriwe ungazvide here?

Shingi has forgiven marry but the nation hasn't and reason is best known by marry caused by marry and remarry kuroorwa wakaroorwa those are the symptoms a lessons to women...

if GOD is in it she willb jus fyn...


Chiwenga a 3 weeks ago

Dai ndrini ndakafa maiti iti kudii ngaakohwe zvaakarima uyu


Chawabvunza 3 weeks ago

This is a case which puts our justice system into disrepute. Clearly the judiciary is captured. Their judgements are compromised in favour of the elite and chefs. Imagine if such a person becomes the President of Zimbabwe. There shall be gnawing of the teeth. The man is too mean. Look at what he has done to the ministry he took over to correct things. He has actually destroyed it.

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].


Chiwenga 3 weeks ago

I'm utter rubbish by nature more so a sell out who is after personal benefits. Make me president then the country becomes lawlessness. Whatever I touch, I destroy, look at the Ministry of Health now in ruins because of me.

Vote CCC for change

Malowe 3 weeks ago

Marry's case is now an appeal to God.One day this Chiwenga guy will regret because what goes around comes back around...he will be haunted by her ghost forever if anything happens to her.


KARMA 3 weeks ago

What goes around comes around. She deserves this. Cheating 3 husbands. She herself Mary is being haunted bcz of her stone-heart


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