Close family members told The Independent that one Mupostori Shumba was the go-between for the Chiwenga and Mubaiwa families last week when they agreed to have an out-of-court settlement in the divorce proceedings. The publication was told:
He (the mediator) first went to Chiwenga’s new residence before he met Marry and her family at a house in Newlands. All negotiations were conducted through him. He practically spent the whole day moving up and down.
As of Friday night, there was an agreement for an out-of-court settlement and, as part of that, Chiwenga had agreed to let Marry have custody of the children which is now the case. Marry wanted the general to first withdraw the criminal charges levelled against her and to agree on a property-sharing plan.
The impression we got from Mupostori Shumba was that Chiwenga was amenable to that arrangement as well. Marry said that it was not originally in her plans to divorce and say all the nasty things in public but she felt that since he had started it all, she had to respond in kind.
So at the end of the day, everyone thought progress had been made, only for us to get the shock of our lives when his lawyer on Monday told newspapers that Chiwenga was itching for a showdown with her in court.
Some family members believe Chiwenga may have been influenced by some of his friends between Friday night and Monday to have a change of heart.