State Says Marry Fit To Stand Trial

Mary Mubaiwa

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A Harare court is on Friday expected to rule on whether Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa is fit to stand trial on allegations of fraudulently acquiring an ungraded marriage certificate when her husband was bedridden.

The State and a doctor assigned to examine her gave the greenlight for the trial to start.

The couple had been married for eight years under Zimbabwe’s customary law.

Supreme Court judge Justice George Chiweshe, who is a retired soldier, and former chief magistrate Munamato Mutevedzi who is now a High Court judge, are witnesses in the matter.

The doctor, Simukai Machawira told the court that he was a vascular specialist and was asked by his clinical director to write a medical report for Mubaiwa. He said he only did a physical examination of Mubaiwa and concluded that she was fit to stand trial.

Mubaiwa’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa asked Machawira if he contacted Mubaiwa’s doctor who is treating her to be apprised of her condition. Machawira said he did not consult her doctor, but was only working on her physical fitness.

Mtetwa then asked Machawira if his observations were a true reflection of Mubaiwa’s condition when he did not check with her doctor or check on her clinical records to which he responded that he was not an expert in checking her mental strength for the trial.

Machawira said he only relied on the information provided by Mubaiwa.

Mtetwa said all the medication Mubaiwa was taking was for pain and relief of trauma.

–AMH

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