THE State has today applied that the public be restricted from attending the on-going trial of Marry Mubaiwa when Vice President Constantino Chiwenga gives his testimony.
The application comes as Vice President Chiwenga, who is the last State witness in the matter, is expected to give his testimony in court tomorrow.
Tafara Chirambira, appearing for the State together with Tendai Shonhai and Netsai Mushayabasa, made the application before Harare magistrate Lazini Ncube saying the matter involves private lives of the parties involved.
He further argued that the State felt that there was need to protect the office that Chiwenga holds during the course of the trial.
Mubaiwa is facing allegations of misrepresentation that Chiwenga consented to a wedding at a time he was of ill health.
Mubaiwa, through her lawyers led by Beatrice Mtetwa, opposed the application, saying it deprived her of a right to a fair public hearing.
Meanwhile, Marry struggled to walk and collapsed as she was leaving the court hearing this Wednesday.
The former fashionmodel, who was visibly in pain, tumbled and bumped her head against the staircase, leading to a stampede as people dashed to assist her up while journalists recorded the mis-step.