Former deputy health minister John Mangwiro, who was initially a witness, has stepped down.
Mubaiwa faces charges of attempting to kill Chiwenga by allegedly disconnecting life-support devices while the former army general was critically ill and hospitalized in South Africa in July 2019.
In court, Mangwiro described Mubaiwa as a powerful figure at the time, making it challenging for others to control her actions.
“There was nothing we could do; she was a very powerful woman at that time.
“She made the decisions and she would sometimes request privacy with Chiwe-nga. I made reports to the office of the president by phone,” he stated.
Earlier, Mangwiro suggested that Mubaiwa’s behavior indicated a desire to see Chiwenga dead.
“When she came to visit him, she would make sure that we all went out. When she walked in, the patient would be awake, and when she left, the patient would be non-responsive and in critical condition,” Mangwiro told the Harare Magistrates Court.
Various witnesses, including Chiwenga’s nurses and security personnel, have testified against Mubaiwa.
The trial unfolds against the backdrop of allegations of money laundering and fraud in a separate case.
The legal proceedings have garnered significant attention, shedding light on the tumultuous relationship between Chiwenga and Mubaiwa, who married in 2011 after her divorce from footballer Shingi Kawondera.
The upcoming testimony of Vice President Chiwenga is anticipated to provide critical insights into the events surrounding the alleged attempted murder.