The High Court has dealt Marry Mubaiwa a significant blow after ruling that her marriage to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga is over because he legally divorced her. High Court judge Justice Owen Tagu dismissed Marry’s claims. He ruled that VP Chiwenga legally divorced her when he sent retired Lieutenant General Anselem Sanyatwe to give her US$100 as a divorce token, gupuro in vernacular.
Sanyatwe was head of the National Reaction Force that used live bullets on protestors, killed six civilians, and injured 35 more on August 1, 2018.
The High Court ruling comes after Marry challenged Chiwenga’s divorce petition, filed in December 2019. In her response, Marry insisted that the couple’s customary marriage is still subsisting because Chiwenga failed to follow cultural protocol to enable him to terminate the marriage.
She further argued that she never got gupuro because of this failure to follow protocol. She, however, conceded that Chiwenga sent retired Lieutenant General Anselem Sanyatwe to give her US$100 as a divorce token. She further argued that she refused to accept the Gupuro because it was in USD and not local currency.
Following Marry’s tactics, Vice President Chiwenga made an application in November 2021 pleading with the court to issue an order declaring the customary union marriage to have been terminated.
The High Court judge dismissed Marry’s claims that she had not received Gupuro. Justice Tagu ruled that the marriage was terminated when Chiweng sent General Sanyatwe with the divorce token on November 24, 2019.