Marry Chiwenga says her relationship with Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga collapsed during the time he was seeking treatment in China between July and November 2019 and their estrangement came like a bolt out of the blue.
Speaking to The NewsHawks, Marry revealed that Chiwenga was airlifted to China from South Africa on 21 July where he underwent treatment at a top Beijing hospital.
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Marry, who was with Chiwenga while he was hospitalised in South Africa, received a phone call from President Emmerson Mnangagwa informing her that she could not travel with the vice-president to China.
She said Mnangagwa told her that there was room for only six people, namely Chiwenga, his doctor John Mangwiro, a nurse assistant and his aides.
The former model said Chiwenga cut communication with her in August, without giving an explanation even though their relationship had been good until the time.
Marry revealed that before China, Chiwenga had been moved to the intensive care unit at a South African hospital after he had experienced a fit and his blood pressure shot up. She said:
The President called me a few hours before my husband was set to leave for China and said President Xi (Chinese President Xi Jinping) had suggested that my husband gets medical attention in China and that 12 professors were waiting to attend to him.
He however said only six people should come, including him, his doctor, the assistant nurse and the security team.
I even asked why I was not included, and the President said I would go at a later time as President Xi had suggested that my husband should come and get attended to before I can join him.
I insisted that I needed to go, but I was told the plane was already waiting and those that required visas had them already.
So I guess it had been planned for some time, but I had just not been told. I however did not require a visa because I had a diplomatic passport.
When my husband left for China, I came back the next day on 22 July, on my birthday.
The President sent a jet to get me from South Africa. When my husband was in China, we were talking but things suddenly changed in August. How? I do not know.
When I tried to talk to him, his doctor Mangwiro would answer the call and say he is sleeping or that I was stressing him.
I guess whatever had been planned had started working.
When Chiwenga returned from China in November 2019, Marry was arrested on allegations of attempting to murder him and money laundering. She is currently on remand.
The two had been married for 10 years and have three children.