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FILE: GOOD OLD DAYS ... imbabwean Deputy President Constantino Chiwenga is seen with his wife Marry, right, upon arrival for the inauguration ceremony of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, at the National Sports Stadium in Harare.

Zimbabwe’s acting president Constantino Chiwenga has allegedly deployed members of the army to barricade his matrimonial home and other properties to bar his estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa, from accessing her children, clothes, motor vehicles and personal goods.

In an exclusive interview with VOA Zimbabwe Service, Mubaiwa’s lawyer, Taona Nyamakura, confirmed the development saying Marry Mubaiwa, who is out on bail and was ordered by the court to live at the matrimonial Borrowdale Brooke mansion in Harare, has been denied entry.

“We are actually considering court action against General Chiwenga.”

Chiwenga’s wife was arrested late last year on allegations of attempting to murder her husband and for contravening the country’s exchange control laws by transferring more than a million United States Dollars abroad.

She was denied bail by the lower court before it was granted by the High Court. State prosecutors had opposed bail arguing that she was a flight risk as she is facing at least 25 years in prison if found guilty of attempted murder.

Human Rights lawyer, Dewa Mavhinga called the acting president’s actions unconstitutional and “abuse of state institutions and the army.”

VOA Studio 7 did not get comment from Chiwenga as his lawyer Wilson Manase was not responding to calls on his mobile phone.

This is not the first time Retired General Chiwenga has been accused of abusing the army in his domestic issues. In 2014, when he was divorcing another wife, Jocelyn Mauchaza, she accused him of using soldiers to deny her entry to their farm located 1,5 kilometers off the Shamva Road. The army stepped in only hours after the court had issued a divorce decree ordering her eviction.

Chiwenga masterminded the coup that led to the ouster of the late former President Robert Mugabe in 2017.

The office of the President and Cabinet announced recently that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on leave until end of month.

“During this period, Honourable Vice Presidents, General (Rtd) Dr C. G. D. N Chiwenga and Colonel (Rtd) Cde KCD Mohadi will take turns to act in his place, starting with the Honorable Vice President Chiwenga,” read the statement from Acting Chief secretary of Cabinet George Charamba.

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Parliament of Zimbabwe has launched an investigation on the origins and operations of machete-wielding gangs causing havoc mainly in gold mining areas in Zimbabwe amid reports that the country is losing millions of dollars in potential revenue.

According to the Mines and Mining Development Parliamentary Committee chairperson, Edmond Mkaratigwa, the gangs, well-known as Mashurugwi (people from Shurugwi), are also invading urban areas where they are robbing and killing innocent people.

Edmond Mkaratigwa
Edmond Mkaratigwa

Mkaratigwa says the marauding gangs have so far killed several people, including Constable Wonder Hokoyo and gold buyer, Marko Dube.

“The committee is perplexed by the rampant killings going on in the mining sector and as elected representatives of the people, parliament will not remain silent on the issue. Within its mandate, parliament and government shall work to ensure that punitive measures are put in place, as it affects our major resource and reduces the market space by tainting of our minerals.

“They are a danger to society, taking into consideration the impact these gold panning gangs have on the social, cultural and economic spheres of Zimbabwe. The committee, through its constitutional obligation, is reaffirming fully its participation against the illegal activities being carried out by the gold panning gangs.”

Reports say police on Wednesday arrested at least 14 members of a gang operating at Jumbo Mine in Mashonaland Central region that had 11 machetes and other dangerous materials.

The state-controlled Herald newspaper reports that the gang also had 423 sticks of explosives, four rows of copper wire and nine hammer mills.

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