The High Court has set aside Magistrate Lazini Ncube’s decision to detain Mary Mubaiwa-Chiwenga for medical examination describing the lower court decision to take away her liberty as “capricious” and “arbitrary”.

By Tracy Mazhura

According to the High Court there was no logical reason for detaining the estranged wife of the Vice President

Mary spent seven days in remand prison after magistrate Ncube had ruled that she needed to be mentally examined by state doctors despite the fact that she had been checked by three doctors already and reports had been presented before him.

 “If the High Court order is released in time, she might be able to go and sleep in her bed tonight, ‘’said Beatrice Mtetwa, the lawyer representing Marry.

Chiwenga was temporarily taken into custody for 10-days for mental evaluation.

The two High Court Judges Pisirai Kwenda and Benjamin Chikowere had no kind words for magistrate Ncube.

Ncube had ruled that Chiwenga must be taken into custody to be evaluated by another government mental doctor as required by the law.

Speaking to Spot News ZW, Doug Coltart one of the lawyers representing Marry said this was a miscarriage of justice.

Chiwenga has been in and out of prison since 2019 for allegations of attempted murder, money laundering among other charges.

She is accused of plotting to kill the VP in 2019 as well as forging documents to facilitate their marriage at the time the former army commander was unwell.

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