In a significant development in a high-profile legal case, Zimbabwe’s Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga, is slated to testify against his former wife, Marry Mubaiwa, who faces charges of attempting to murder him. This pivotal testimony is set to occur after the conclusion of evidence presented by Chiwenga’s doctor, John Mangwiro, a former deputy health minister.
The case revolves around allegations that Mubaiwa attempted to end Chiwenga’s life while he was critically ill and receiving treatment at Netcare Hospital in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2019. In his testimony, Mangwiro detailed a disturbing sequence of events, alleging that Mubaiwa forcibly removed a central line tube providing nourishment and medication to Chiwenga.
Mangwiro further revealed that the medical team grew increasingly concerned about Chiwenga’s deteriorating health during Mubaiwa’s hospital visits, leading to plans for installing surveillance cameras in the patient’s room. He described the accused’s behavior as suspicious and noted the challenges in openly questioning the actions of a powerful figure like Mubaiwa.
In a shocking admission, Mangwiro acknowledged his awareness of potential interference in Chiwenga’s medical treatment by the Vice President’s nurse, Warren Sibanda, but confessed to inaction due to the lack of concrete evidence.
The trial, which has captured the nation’s attention, is set to resume on December 7. This case has not only legal but also political implications, as it involves two prominent figures in Zimbabwe’s political landscape.