Marry confirms Chiwenga presidential ambitions, claims VP taking stress tablets
By Staff Reporter
MARRY Mubaiwa, estranged wife to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, has confirmed her husband’s long-held presidential ambitions, further claiming the one-time top soldier was now taking drugs to manage stress caused by his diminishing prospects of one day becoming national leader.
The ex-model made the revelations in papers she filed in response to the VP’s claims she was not suited to be granted custody of the couple’s minor children on the grounds she was a drug addict and practised sorcery in the family home, among other claims.
But Marry, through her lawyers, hit back at her VP husband, claiming the latter has been taking some drugs on noticing his chances of one day becoming president were vanishing.
“Defendant (Marry) avers in reconvention that the demise of the customary law union was brought about by plaintiff’s (Chiwenga) acute paranoia brought about by his poor health, his being under heavy doses of drugs including unprescribed opiates, his surrounding himself with persons who want to take advantage of him and his belief that his ascendency to the position of Presidency might be in jeopardy,” she said.
VP Chiwenga is believed to be harbouring presidential ambitions but incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa has already declared his interests to remain national leader beyond the next elections in 2023.
Mnangagwa has also pulled all the stops to try and scrap the presidential running mate clause in the constitution which could see him forced to choose Chiwenga as mate.
In her court papers, Marry claimed she was a better parent to their three minor children compared to Chiwenga who is always away seeking medication abroad.
“Defendant denies that she is a drug addict and pleads that the children were under her exclusive care for long periods of time without any adverse consequences on them and it is denied that the children’s best interests would be served by custody being awarded to a sickly absentee parent who is more in hospital than out,” she said.
Marry is currently on bail following her December arrest on alleged attempts to kill her husband, money laundering and fraud.
Her troubles are believed to be a vindictive act by Chiwenga after the couple has been involved in a messy divorce.