Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s estranged wife, Marry, suspects her husband is influencing judicial officers to withhold her passport for fear that she might spill some secrets if she goes outside the country.
Marry, who is on remand for attempted murder and money laundering charges, has been trying to get her passport so that she can get the medical attention she desperately needs in South Africa.
Pictures showing a visibly ailing Marry with swollen and misshapen legs circulated on social media this week leaving Zimbabweans gasping with shock.
Marry, through her lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa has had five applications to get her passport rejected by judges “with no reasonable explanation”.
Chiwenga has also been denying her access to their children whom she has not seen since she was arrested in December 2019. She told The NewsHawks:
I have been bidding and pleading so that I can get my passport so that I can go and seek international medical attention. I have been denied my passport, many times. I did not give up, I gave in.
I think maybe there is a worry that if I go outside the country, I might be influenced by people that are outside to speak against my husband or government, that is the only reasonable explanation why they would deny me my passport.
Obviously, it is not the magistrate or judge that is denying me my passport. They are simply following instructions that they are getting from their superior to say do not give my wife her passport.
My lawyer (Beatrice Mtetwa) has made about five applications, and they were all turned down, with no reasonable explanation.
Marry also revealed that her relationship with Chiwenga soured during the time he was seeking treatment in China between July and November 2019.
Chiwenga was airlifted to China from South Africa on 21 July where he underwent life-saving treatment at a top Beijing hospital amid revelations by his close associates that he could have been poisoned.
Marry said her relationship with Chiwenga was good at the time. The two had been married for 10 years and have three children.