The estranged wife of Zimbabwe’s vice-president has been charged with attempting to murder him.
Marry Mubaiwa – already facing corruption charges – has been denied bail in Harare.
It is alleged that she tried to kill General Constantino Chiwenga while he was receiving treatment in South Africa.
Mrs Mubaiwa was initially arrested and accused of money laundering and fraud.
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The case was presented as proof of the country’s new commitment to clean governance, after the misrule of the Mugabe era.
But then came the news that Mubaiwa was also being charged with trying to kill her husband – the army general who overthrew Robert Mugabe.
He alleged that she had tried to prevent him from getting medical treatment in South Africa, and had even pulled an intravenous drip out of his arm in hospital.
In the eyes of many, this case now fits a more familiar pattern – of a country where corrupt elites accuse each other of assassination plots and poisonings.