Vice President Constantino Chiwenga’s wife Marry Chiwenga was unable to stand trial yesterday after she told the court that she cannot stand trial because of ill-health.
Through her lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, Mubaiwa told the court that she was still recovering and needs more time to heal.
She appeared before Harare regional magistrate Mrs Marehwanazvo Gofa, who remanded her to September 7 for trial. Mr Charles Muchemwa and Mrs Netsai Mushayabasa prosecuted.
Mubaiwa was arrested on February 1 accused of backslapping her child minder at a school on January 28.
The State alleges that the former model slapped Munyoro with the back of her hand following a row at Hellenic School in Borrowdale.
Mubaiwa’s lawyers say the charge has been fabricated by Chiwenga who is allegedly using the legal system to frustrate his wife and gain an upper hand in their ongoing divorce battle.
The lawyers admit that there was an exchange of words between Munyoro and Mubaiwa.
The latter was furious after her two older children, whom she had before marrying Chiwenga in 2011, told her that Munyoro had instructed the couple’s younger children aged eight, seven and five to shun their siblings.
Mubaiwa’s children born out of wedlock attend Hellenic School, along with two of her children with Chiwenga. Until December, when Mubaiwa was arrested, all the children lived at the couple’s Borrowdale mansion.
In a separate case, Mubaiwa is being charged with fraud, money laundering and the attempted murder of her husband last December.