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Chiwenga to shelve presidential duties to testify in Marry trial on Wednesday

Chiwenga to shelve presidential duties to testify in Marry trial on Wednesday

The State has summoned its star witness Vice-president Constantino Chiwenga to testify on Wednesday against his estranged wife Marry Mubaiwa at Harare Magistrates.

Chiwenga who claims Marry fraudulently obtained a marriage certificate at a time he was seriously ill and indisposed, will temporarily shelve his presidential duties to attend court.

It is not clear how Chiwenga will juggle his official duties on Wednesday.

He is expected to deliver the keynote address at the official opening of the National Microbiology Reference Laboratory AMR unit at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital in his capacity as the minister of Health and Child Care. The event runs from 10am to 1pm.

Away from that event, Zimbabwe’s vice president is expected to add weight to the state case following testimonies from former judge president George Chiweshe and High Court judge Munamato Mutevedzi.

The two judicial officers, however, appeared to poke holes in the State’s case, denying to endorse a State allegation that Marry had misrepresented her interest and that of Chiwenga in marriage ceremony.

On Tuesday, four witnesses testified that include magistrate Linda Dzvene who was the secretary for chief magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi.

While testifying Dzvene told magistrate Lazini Ncube that she is the one who filled the marriage documents for Mubaiwa that included a section where she alleged is a divorcee.

Mtetwa asked her that when she filled in a section of divorcee did had she been given given an divorce certificate or it was just from her head.

Dzvene said she did not consult when she filled the sections on the pre-marriage forms.

She further said she only used documents provided by Mutevedzi.

Strikingly, Colonel Gesham Muradzi who is vice president Chiwenga aid told he court that he was phoned by Mubaiwa who gave him US$15 000 for the wedding rings.

Muradzi said he was asked to handover the money to one Bra Mike who is a friend to Chiwenga and a jewellery dealer.

He said he then collected the rings from one Devon Peter Steward.

Another witness Carrington Kazingizi who was Mubaiwa’s driver and a presidential security agent said Mubaiwa was already preparing for a wedding as preparation were in advanced stage.

The matter was postponed to Wednesday for continuation of trial