The wife of Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, Marry Mubaiwa, allegedly tried to assassinate him while he was in hospital in South Africa.
This emerged during Mubaiwa’s initial court appearance on Monday over fraud, money-laundering and foreign currency externalisation charges.
Prosecutor Michael Reza told the court that she on July 8, 2019 allegedly removed an intravenous supply set and catheter from the Vice-President.
An intravenous set and catheter are used to administer medicines that a patient is unable to take orally.
On the day in question, Mubaiwa allegedly gave VP Chiwenga’s security details leave, saying she wanted privacy with her husband.
She then removed the two devices, leaving the Vice-President bleeding profusely, it is alleged.
She allegedly forced him off the bed and out of the hospital ward.
Security is said to have intercepted her, and hospital staff attended the VP.
The court also heard that Mubaiwa allegedly denied VP Chiwenga medical attention after he was airlifted to South Africa in June 2019.
She was remanded in custody to December 30, 2019 for the attempted murder charge.