THINGS YOU PROBABLY DIDNT KNOW ABOUT MARRY MUBAIWA CHIWENGA
Marry Chiwenga née Mubaiwa is a former model and the ex-wife of Zimbabwe’s Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga, a Retired Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
She was once married to Shingi Kaondera, a Caps United Football Club player. Until her resignation in February 2018, she was the patron and chairman of the Miss Zimbabwe Trust.
The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission detained Marry Chiwenga in December 2019 on allegations of fraud, money laundering, and misrepresentation. The laundering accusations included the purchase of a house in South Africa. The accusation stemmed from an alleged misrepresentation of her spouse, Vice President Chiwenga.
Following her detention, state media began referring to her as Marry Mubaiwa, her maiden name.
Marry Mubaiwa was born in 1981. She is the daughter of Kenny Mubaiwa, the former chairman of Dynamos Football Club. She is a mother of 6 children.
She went to Oriel Girls High School.
Marry Mubaiwa and Constantino Chiwenga have three children together, two boys and a girl. The children are: Tendai, Christian and Michael.
Mubaiwa also has two other children – a daughter from an earlier relationship with businessman Terry Mandizha and another daughter with former footballer husband Shingi Kaondera.
In 2011, Marry was customarily married to Constantine Chiwenga amid revelations that the two had been staying together since Constantino left his matrimonial home, in April 2010.
It was reported that he paid US$47 000 as the bride price (lobola) to the Mubaiwa family .On 15, November 2012, the couple had a baby boy.
In July 2019, she was sued by former husband Kaondera sued Marry Chiwenga for US $700,000 over what he said was a fraudulent divorce process.
Kaondera claimed that Chiwenga had forged divorce papers that had dissolved their marriage in 2010.
High Court judge Justice Owen Tagu ruled Marry Mubaiwa’s marriage to Constantino Chiwenga was over because he legally divorced her.
He ruled that Chiwenga legally divorced her when he sent retired Lieutenant General Anselem Sanyatwe to give her US$100 as a divorce token, also known as gupuro in Shona.
The High Court ruling came after Mubaiwa challenged Chiwenga’s divorce petition, filed in December 2019. In her response, Marry insisted that their customary marriage still subsisted because Chiwenga failed to follow cultural protocol to enable him to terminate the marriage.
She further argued that she never got gupuro because of this failure to follow protocol. She, however, conceded that Chiwenga sent retired Lieutenant General Anselem Sanyatwe to give her US$100 as a divorce token. She further argued that she refused to accept the Gupuro because it was in United States dollars and not local currency.
Following Marry’s insistence, Chiwenga made an application in November 2021 pleading with the court to issue an order declaring the customary union marriage to have been terminated.
The High Court judge dismissed Marry Mubaiwa’s claims that she had not received Gupuro. Justice Tagu ruled that the marriage was terminated when Chiweng sent General Sanyatwe with the divorce token on November 24, 2019.
In May 2018, Marry’s husband Constantino revealed that both of them were suffering from a skin disease called Nhuta which had resulted in the discolouration of their skin.
Former government minister Jonathan Moyo commented that it was “just incredulous that Chiwenga and Mary contracted nhuta at the same time!”
There was general speculation, with most people saying that Marry and her husband had used skin bleaching creams.
In October 2019, a photo of Marry Chiwenga opening a plant in Borrowdale showed she had a swollen hand with some wounds on it. There was no official comment on the cause.
Marry Mubaiwa collapsed and crashed her head against the stairs as she left the Harare Magistrates Court on Wednesday 15 December 2021. Marry apparently struggled to negotiate the flight of stairs at the court entrance, tumbled and fell headlong.
She wailed as she fell down, drawing the attention of people who were close to the entrance.
Mubaiwa went to court for the continuation of her trial in a case she was being accused of using forged documents in a bid to upgrade her marriage to Chiwenga.
Constantino Chiwenga was supposed to testify at the trial but failed to do so after the state applied for testimony to be held on camera.
In 2019 it was reported that Vice President Constantine Chiwenga was filing for divorce. The divorce was reportedly caused by a number of reasons chief among them Marry’s conduct when the General was sick. Marry reportedly tried to get the VP to write a will which would benefit her in case of his death.
On Saturday 14 December Marry Chiwenga was arrested and detained at Rhodesville Police Station, her charges included:
Attempted murder. Marry reportedly pulled an intravenous drip out of his arm when he was in hospital in South Africa.
Money Laundering and Fraud of over Us$1 million
Forgery – The VP’s wife reportedly predijuced Judge President George Mutandwa Chiweshe that herself and the VP had consented to wed under the Marriage Act, Chapter 5:11 under the marriage licence on the 2nd of July 2019 at their place of residence at number 614 Nick Price Drive, Borrowdale Brooke, Harare.
Marry then submitted copies of national identity documents of herself and the VP to Judge President George Mutandwa Chiweshe without the knowledge or consent of the complainant.
Marry Chiwenga was also being investigated on fresh charges over Musha Mukadzi funds, the daily allowances of her security aides and the Miss Zimbabwe cars during the time of her arrest.
On 13 April 2022, Marry Mubaiwa was found guilty of violating the Marriages Act after she lied that her former husband, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, had agreed to formalise their union while he was hospitalised in India.
Harare Magistrate Lazini Ncube convicted Mubaiwa of the offence, saying evidence from witnesses proved that she lied about Chiwenga’s consent to legalise their marriage.
On 26 November 2021, Marry Mubaiwa was remanded in custody by Harare magistrate Lazini Ncube pending mental examination by state doctors.
Mubaiwa’s imprisonment came after a successful application by the state led by Prosecutor Michael Reza, who urged the court to send her to jail so that she can be medically monitored.
On 22 November 2021, the High Court ordered Marry Mubaiwa’s release. Justices Benjamin Chikowero and Pisirayi Kwenda said Mubaiwa’s detention was completely unjustified and that she was detained when she was already out on bail and ordered her release from custody.
Magistrate Nduna issued a warrant of arrest to Mary Mubaiwa-Chiwenga after she failed to attend court on 30 November 2020. Hours after a warrant of arrest was issued against her, an ambulance believed to be carrying her arrived at the Harare Magistrates’ Court.
Her lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa had told the court she could not attend court because she was not feeling well.
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