Ex-footballer Shingayi Kaondera met his ailing ex-wife Marry Mubaiwa on bedside in hospital for the first time in 10 years on Wednesday.
Mubaiwa left Kaondera, with whom she has a child, and married then Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander General Constantino Chiwenga in 2011. Chiwenga became Vice President in December 2017.
Her marriage to Chiwenga collapsed in 2019 after he accused her of trying to kill him in a South African hospital where he was on life support battling an undisclosed ailment.
Mubaiwa was thrown out of the matrimonial home, arrested and denied access to her three children with Chiwenga.
After collapsing in court on Monday, she was admitted to a Harare hospital in a “critical condition,” her doctors said. Doctors have recommended that her right arm be amputated after failed surgery to save it. The forearm was ravaged by acute lymphoedema.
“After 10 years, I finally met Mai Dee at the hospital, thank you Jesus,” Kaondera wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
The former Zimbabwe international added: “We spent two glorious hours together. She is still wonderful, some souls can’t be tampered with, trust me. l left her in very high spirits and very jovial mood, and determined as ever to beat her discomforting disease. She said l know Shingi you are a prayer warrior, you will pray for me, and l was like you know l always.”
Kaondera said he thanked his ex-wife for “taking very good care of our daughter together, Destiny.”
“She has grown up to be just like my mum,” Kaondera wrote as he urged his friends to “keep on praying for her.”
Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with Zim Morning Post , a day after he visited Marry in hospital, Kawondera wore his heart on his sleeve and said he had since forgiven Marry and wished her a speedy recovery .
He gave a blow-by-blow account of their two hour long ‘passionate’ reunion where they were both “relieved” after more than a decade of two hearts that were distant apart but seemingly loyal to each other, at least according to Kawondera.
“We were both relieved to see each other,” he said.
“I think we were missing each other. Remember we never really got divorced? We were separated, not that we are planning on reconciliation but my personal belief is we shouldn’t fight after divorce because in the end we are all somewhat related and we still have family gatherings and are bound together by our daughter Destiny,” Kawondera told Zim Morning Post .
He recounted how Marry paid condolences for the loss of his friend Genius ‘Ginimbi’ Kadungure who was in fact the match marker to their short-lived marital bliss that produced the now 13-year-old daughter.
“We discussed a lot akandibata mawoko aGinimbi (she extended her condolences over Genius death). She said sorry about your son Ginimbi, she said he (Ginimbi) used to respect her because of me. It was like we last met yesterday! It was as if it had not been a decade since our last meeting,” he said.
Kawondera revealed that one of the major talking points when they spoke was their only daughter and how she is performing at school .
He last saw and physically connected with the fruit of his loins when she was only two-years-old and the closest he saw her since then was on Wednesday when Marry showed him Kodak moments of their holidays abroad.
“We talked about Destiny our only daughter together and how she is doing at school and how she looks like me. She showed me her pictures and some places they visited like Dubai, France and so on,” narrated Kawondera.
The former footie star bemoaned the treatment that Marry was receiving by the media and the justice delivery system.
Marry has attended court on a wheel chair due to her rare medical condition which requires treatment abroad, according to medical experts.
“She doesn’t deserve that kind of treatment, especially the media abuse. We all make mistakes and who are we to judge people?” Kawondera questioned.
“The Marry I last saw in Cyprus is the same Marry l saw on Wednesday; a loving, caring, and spiritual woman- a woman who knows there is God.”
“She got carried away a bit but who wouldn’t?” lamented Kawondera who has made a massive behavioral metamorphosis from a drug junkie who lived on the fast lane, to a devout Rastafari.
In a trait which smacks of a hopeless romantic, Kawondera declared his undying love, insinuation that Marry was his soulmate.
“I don’t believe in those divorce stories,” he said.
Mubaiwa is facing a string of criminal charges brought by Chiwenga. They include allegations that she tried to upgrade their customary union to a civil marriage, fraud, attempted murder, assault and money laundering. Her assault trial is on hold on medical grounds.