Marry Mubaiwa’s Fraud and Money Laundering Case Conducted in Hospital Room
The legal proceedings regarding the fraud and money laundering allegations against Marry Mubaiwa unfolded within the confines of the hospital where the former spouse of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is currently receiving medical care.
Since her admission to St Anne’s Hospital on January 11, 2024, Mubaiwa has been closely following the proceedings from her hospital bed, according to a report by NewZimbabwe.
Despite the media’s keen interest, access to the hearing was denied to news reporters. High Court Judge Pisirayi Kwenda, accompanied by a police officer and an assistant, arrived an hour after Mubaiwa’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, and the prosecutor, Witness Mabhaudhi. The legal proceedings continued in the hospital setting, highlighting the unusual circumstances surrounding the case.
Mtetwa addressed the media, providing insight into Mubaiwa’s health condition:
“Marry is not well; she has been in the hospital since the 11th, and we received a report from the treating surgeon confirming her admission last week. She is definitely not sufficiently well to stand trial.”
Due to Mubaiwa’s health challenges, the court decided to postpone the case to February 14. Mtetwa further explained:
“The interim will monitor her condition, and the judge has directed that a government medical officer prepare a medical report for submission to the court before the 14th of February.”
Describing Mubaiwa’s condition, Mtetwa stated:
“I have seen her; Mary is not well, like the doctor’s report says, she has multiple complications, so she is almost always on very heavy medication. She is unwell, she has drips, and she is just not well.”
Providing specific details about Mubaiwa’s health, Mtetwa noted the severity of the situation:
“Both her legs have turned black showing that there is little or no blood circulation. It is almost similar to what was happening to her arm which was amputated. She did comprehend what was happening.”
The fraud and money laundering allegations against Mubaiwa were initially moved to the High Court due to the complexity of the case. The charges revolve around the claim that she sent nearly US$1 million to China and South Africa in 2018.
Prosecutors allege that Mubaiwa utilized her drivers, Terrence Mutandwa and Carrington Kazingizi, to transport $14,000 to China without adhering to the necessary procedures. The accusations further involve instructions to create invoices for fictitious purchases of event tents, chairs, and prepaid meters, diverting funds to acquire personal properties.
Chakulinga, the managing director of Mubaiwa’s companies in South Africa, was allegedly directed to create invoices for the purchase of event-hosting accessories, diverting funds to Mubaiwa’s personal accounts.
South African authorities have seized all properties involved in the case, as confirmed by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).