Mary Chiwenga (nee Mubaiwa) the estranged wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is reported to have been dragged naked from her bathroom during her arrest.
Mary was arrested on Saturday night by officials from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission on a myriad of charges. Mary’s estranged husband is alleged to have ordered the arrest after a spectacular fallout at a no holds barred family meeting on Friday. The General allegedly took serious offence after Mary indiscreetly revealed rather embarrassing details about the couple’s sex life.
Narrating Mary’s ordeal, Mtetwa told the Daily News,
She was in the bathroom in her bedroom when the men suddenly opened the door while she was naked and told her that she was under arrest. They searched her bedroom without saying what they were looking for. She was taken to taken to the police.
After that they came back to the house and Mary’s mother who had accompanied her to the police was not allowed back into the house. She had her car parked at her daughter’s house. The men went back into the bedroom and packed Mary’s clothes in a suitcase before throwing it to her mother.
They had locksmiths with them who changed the keys to the house while Chiwenga’s lawyer, (Wellington) Pasipanodya – a partner at Manase and Manasa Law Firm, was supervising the process. It was a well-coordinated plot to lock her out if one considers that they came with locksmiths and that his lawyer was present, supervising everything.
Mtetwa also decried that Vice President Constantino Chiwenga forcibly took custody of the couple’s children despite the country’s laws saying that the mother gets custody of minor children. Mtetwa added,
They also took away the couple’s three children and no one knows where they are right now.
But the laws of Zimbabwe are very clear that when a couple separates, the minors stay with their mother, but as it is, they have taken away Mary’s children from her.
Mtetwa also revealed that her client was in a bad state as she did not have full access to all her medication. In previous public appearances, Mary’s hands have appeared swollen. Mtetwa added,
She is in a very bad state. She needs medication and we are trying to arrange something for her so that she is allowed to access medical care.
Mary has since arrived at the Harare Magistrates’ Court where she is expected to make her first court appearance. Her hands appear to be swollen.