Zim Defence Forces Commander’s Divorce Trial Opens

The divorce trial involving Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantine Chiwenga, and his estranged wife Jocelyn opened yesterday with both parties attending a pre-trial conference in the High Court in the presence of their lawyers.

According to NewsDay General Chiwenga and Jocelyn made their submissions yesterday before High Court judge Justice Chinembiri Bhunu and the case was adjourned to Monday. This is to give lawyers for both time to have a closer look at these submissions.

General Chiwenga has been married to Jocelyn since 1998. He has however now shacked up with former model Mary Mubaiwa. Jocelyn accuses Chiwenga of bigamy saying he had a traditional marriage without her signing divorce papers. Jocelyn now wants $40 million from Mubaiwa for offending her feelings and cohabiting with her husband.

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai will obviously be watching this case closely although his case was the other way round.

There is a media gag on the proceedings during the trial at the request of the General’s lawyers.

Information from  Newsday was used in this article.