THE scandalous marriage between Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and his estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa, took a further turn Tuesday after former judge president George Chiweshe and High Court judge Munamato Mutevedzi denied having ever solemnised the union.
Chiwenga is claiming Marry fraudulently obtained a marriage certificate at a time he was seriously ill and indisposed.
Mubaiwa isnow being accused of forging Chiwenga’s signatures in a bid to formalise their marriage.
The trial started Monday before Harare magistrate, Lazini Ncube.
Chiweshe said it was Mutevedzi who solemnised the marriage.
The now Supreme Court judge said Mubaiwa only approached him as her uncle at his office at the High Court and asked to be solemnised, but he referred her to Mutevedzi.
He said he did not suspect any foul play since the parties were living together, married traditionally and had children.
“I wouldn’t have known the discussions the two had at their home about upgrading their marriage. I assumed it was a request from the couple. Don’t forget Chiwenga had paid lobola, living together and having children so I had no reason to suspect. I had no reason to suspect what Mary was asking for had not been discussed with her husband,” Chiweshe said.
During cross examination with Beatrice Mtetwa, Mubaiwa’s lawyer, Chiweshe said he cannot say there was misrepresentation of facts by Mubaiwa since he was not aware of her plans with Chiwenga.
Chiweshe said he could not know many things in their marriage because when she married to the general and vice president Mubaiwa she stopped communicating with him.
Chiweshe said when Mubaiwa asked for that request, he directed her to Mutevedzi and he was expecting Mutevedzi to call the couples and fill the forms.
However, Chiweshe said it could not be possible to solemnize couple when one is not knowing or available.
Mubaiwa denies the allegations.
In her defence she stated that from the time of the payment of lobola on July 2, 2011, they had agreed that they would formally wed and as is the custom, a wedding was requested from her family upon the conclusion of the lobola ceremony.