It Never Rains But Pours| Marry Mubaiwa’s Application For Refusal Of Further Remand Dismissed

It Never Rains But Pours| Marry Mubaiwa's Application For Refusal Of Further Remand Dismissed
It Never Rains But Pours| Marry Mubaiwa's Application For Refusal Of Further Remand Dismissed. Image Credit: Social Media

It Never Rains But Pours| Marry Mubaiwa’s Application For Refusal Of Further Remand Dismissed

Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga’s estranged wife, Marry Mubaiwa’s recent application for refusal of further remand in a case where she faces money-laundering charges has been dismissed by a Harare magistrate.

In her application, Mubaiwa had cited the court’s delays in coming up with a trial date.

In his ruling, Magistrate Taurai Manuwere said the delay in providing the trial date was not deliberate, but caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mubaiwa’s application came after the State being represented by Lancelot Mutsokoti had asked the court for a postponement of the matter saying the password for a disc that contained information pertaining to the case was being analysed.

According to the State, Mubaiwa’s matter should not be rushed because it was complicated and required extra-territorial investigations.

Responding to the application, Sitotombe said Mubaiwa was not feeling well and should be removed from remand. Sitotombe said:

The accused person has a right to a fair trial which includes the right to be tried within a reasonable time in an independent court. The charges are from 2019 and the investigating officer said investigations will complete sometime in 2020 but now three years after, there is still no trial date. We don’t know how long they will take analysing the contents. In terms of the Constitution, it is also required to respect the right and freedom of the accused person.

Sitotombe had suggested that the State can still summon Mubaiwa when it is ready for trial.

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