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Zimbabwe vice-president accused his estranged wife of attempted murder

NAIROBI, Kenya – The troubled wife of a Zimbabwean vice-president, Mary Mubaiya, has been charged with attempting to murder him.

Mubaiwa, who is also accused of corruption, on Monday appeared in court in Harare, where she strongly denies all the charges.

State prosecutors say the estranged wife Mubaiwa tried to kill Gen Constantino Chiwenga while he was receiving treatment in South Africa.

The General played a pivotal role in removing the late President Robert Mugabe from state power in 2017.

The General alleges that his estranged wife, Ms. Mubaiwa, tried to prevent him from getting medical treatment in South Africa six months ago. Adding that when he was admitted to hospital in Pretoria, it is alleged that his estranged wife pulled an intravenous drip out of his arm.

Later, General Chiwenga traveled to China for four months to seek treatment, only returning last month.

The judge ordered Ms. Mubaiwa remanded in custody with bail denied.

During her arrested last Saturday, police said Ms. Mubaiwa was already accused of fraud and money laundering charges totaling about $1m (£750,000).

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Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere

Jacob Ujamaa Nyerere is a public affairs researcher and senior investigative correspondent.
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