Zimbabwe VP’s wife gets bail after attempted murder charge

Zimbabwe VP’s wife gets bail after attempted murder charge

The wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been granted bail by Zimbabwe's High Court on Monday after spending three weeks in detention for a

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The wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has been granted bail by Zimbabwe’s High Court on Monday after spending three weeks in detention for attempted murder charge against her husband.

Prosecutors say Marry Mubaiwa, who denies all charges, tried to unplug Chiwenga’s life support tubes in a South African hospital in June. She was initially arrested on Dec. 14 on separate charges including fraud and money laundering.

However, Judge Pisirai Kwenda has granted Mubaiwa bail for 50,000 Zimbabwe dollars ($3,000), and ordered her to surrender her diplomatic passport and report to a local police station once every two weeks. Mubaiwa is also required to hand over the title deeds of her parents’ house with the court.

Her lawyer, Taona Nyamakura, said Mubaiwa could be released from prison on Monday or Tuesday.

Her arrest has sparked accusations against Chiwenga and the anti-corruption agency that initially arrested her. Opposition politicians say the vice president is using his position to influence a divorce settlement with Mubaiwa, while the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC), which says she illegally transferred $900 million to South Africa, is conflicted.