Mary Chiwenga, wife of Zimbabwe’s vice president has been arrested on charges of money laundering and externalisation of foreign currency at a time the couple is on the verge of a nasty divorce.
Mary, who has not been seen in public since her husband returned from China where he was hospitalised for over four months, was arrested by detectives from the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC).
John Makamure, the ZACC spokesperson said he could only confirm that Marry was detained at a Harare police station as part of investigations into allegations that she was involved in money laundering.
“It’s true that Marry Chiwenga has been picked by Zacc and is assisting with investigations into allegations of money laundering and externalisation levelled against her. That is only what I can tell you” he said.
Chiwenga and his wife are said to have fallen out after the former model allegedly asked the VP to formalise their marriage when he was on his sick bed at a South African hospital.
The former army general who led the military coup that toppled long time ruler Robert Mugabe in 2017 spent the better part of this year battling for his life in hospitals in South Africa, China and India.
When he was flown to China, Mary was allegedly banned from visiting him. On his return to Harare on November 23rd she was not among those that welcomed him at the Robert Mugabe International Airport.