VICE President Constantino Chiwenga’s former wife Mary Mubaiwa finally gave up on her bid to travel to South Africa for specialist treatment to save her arm from being amputated.
The former model was amputated on Friday in Harare. She faces several charges at the courts including an attempt to murder the Vice President when he was ill in 2019.
When he recovered, Chiwenga proceeded to kick her out of his home, bar her from access to their three children and frozen her out of his businesses.
Harare lawyer Thabani Mpofu was particularly outraged by news of Mary’s amputation, saying perhaps it was now time for Chiwenga to puase and reflect on how he was treating his children’s mother.
The former Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander has since married an army colonel.
Mpofu also urged the judiciary to have a consciece and remeber that they too were mortal.
Search your judicial conscience. Did you do right by this child, a child made in the image of God? This blight, this moral stain, can never be washed away. Never, ever! Let me withhold my curse, for I also am a man of sin. Asi kozowa rinhi Tenzi?Ichi chazonyatsondisvikira panorwadza pangu. Haaaaaaa. Aiwa. Ngidabukile
Several applications by her lawyers to secure the release of her passport on health emergency were flatly turned down after by the Zimbabwean judiciary. Her passport is held by the court as part of her bail conditions.
Marry said Chiwenga, who doubles as the minister of Health and Child Care was using courts, “to make me an example that women are subjects and should never be allowed to lead in any fora.”
Marry has on a number of occasions brought to court in a wheelchair as she is struggling to walk.
In 2020, a South African doctor who was treating Mabaiwa since 2018 diagnosed the 39-year-old with a “severe lymphoedema” whose origin she traces to a bombing at a Zanu PF rally.
Dr Sydney Makarawo, who has been treating her in Harare, said the condition happens when “lymphatic fluid” in tissues is not drained away when it builds up resulting in swelling.
“The condition leads to prolonged pain in the wound and significantly retards wound healing by interfering with inflammatory processes which are part of wound healing,” Dr Makarawo said.
Mubaiwa, however, traces her medical troubles to a bomb explosion during a Zanu PF rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo in June 2018.
“When I was arrested, I was undergoing treatment for wounds that I suffered in a bomb blast in Bulawayo in 2018 and treatment was undertaken by Dr Johan van Heerden,” Mubaiwa said in a previous affidavit.
“I nevertheless continued to seek treatment from local doctors but regrettably, the condition of my wounds became worse and my legs and feet continued to swell to a point where I have difficulty in walking.
“The wounds on my arms have become worse and in this respect I am prepared to attend court so that the court can see for itself the extent of the wounds and how I definitely require immediate and urgent treatment.”