The wife of Zimbabwe’s vice president has appeared in court and remanded in custody as a result of charges brought against her.
Marry Mubaiwa, who is the wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, was arrested by Zimbabwe’s anti-graft commission on Saturday and charged with fraud, money-laundering and attempted murder of her husband.
The 38-year-old, report was initially detained on suspicion of contravening the country’s exchange control act and of fraud.
Mubaiwa appeared in a Harare court on Monday and was held pending a December 30 hearing.
According to UK’s Daily Mail, prosecutors said between 2018 and May this year, she withdrew amounts of from her foreign currency account in Zimbabwe to deposit into bank accounts in neighbouring South Africa under the pretext of paying for goods bought in that country.
She allegedly used part of the money to buy a house in the Waterkloof Golf Estate in the South African capital Pretoria and two luxury cars.
The embattled second-lady was also accused of attempted murder while she accompanied her husband when he was airlifted for medical attention in South Africa.
In South Africa she allegedly took the ailing Chiwenga to a hotel, refusing to take him to hospital until his aides forced their way and took him to a clinic.
Prosecutors said ‘with intent to cause serious harm,’ Mubaiwa went to Chiwenga’s hospital ward and asked his security aides to leave saying she wanted to have a private conversation with her husband.
Alone with the bedridden Chiwenga, Mubaiwa allegedly removed an intravenous line and a catheter from Chiwenga causing him to bleed profusely, the prosecution said.
‘The accused then forced the complainant off his bed and took him by the hand and started walking out of the ward before being intercepted by the security personnel at the door,’ the charge sheet for attempted murder count said.
Marry Mubaiwa is also accused by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) of laundering about $1 million to neighbouring South Africa by pretending to pay for goods that were never brought into Zimbabwe, according to the charges.
She denies all the accusations against her and her lawyer said she would seek bail at Zimbabwe’s High Court.
She was refused bail for the initial charges after prosecutors argued she would flee the country or interfere with witnesses.