Mary Chiwenga Bio: Age, Breakups, Personal Fashion, Hairstyles, Controversy

Mary Chiwenga is the former patron and chairwoman of the Miss Zimbabwe Trust. She later resigned from her position in February 2018 to pursue another life and other interests. 

Mary Chiwenga is married to the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Constantino Chiwenga, a retired Zimbabwean Defence Force Commander. She was previously married to footballer, Shingi Kawondera, former Warriors and now CAPS United striker. Mary Chiwenga is a mother to 6 children. 

Here's a look at Mary's biography

Mary Chiwenga Age


Mary Chiwenga is a 36 year old ex-model, now involved in Philanthropic and Charitable work. She was born in 1983 to Dynamos Football Club Chairman, Kenny Mubaiwa.




Mary Chiwenga Personal Fashion and Hairstyles


Mary Chiwenga has been very vocal, proud and passionate about her personal fashion sense and believes that she has the advantage and right to embrace and express her look of class and sex appeal through her style. She says that her dressing reflects who she is and she is not prepared to alter it to please others, instead she only adjusts her style according to her own introspection. 

She also prides herself on the fact that her husband, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, loves her sense of style, stating that she would never leave home in an outfit that her husband did not approve of. She highlighted one story in particular about attending congress in an outfit that her husband was quite pleased with, saying, “when I walked out of the bedroom my husband was like ‘oh my, VaMaGumbo, makachena (You are looking smart), today I am going to walk holding your hand, jokingly he said it, so that I can show you off.”

Mary Chiwenga speaks candidly about removing the tatoo on her arm at her husband's request, also saying that she had the tatoo done in the early 2000’s and that she has one more tatoo that she will not be having removed.

When speaking about her hairstyles, she impresses upon the fact that they are due to her own personal preferences. She leans more toward comfort rather than show, saying “Someone said to me, ‘Oh you are pretending to be poor that’s why you wear plaited lines’ and I said that's not the idea, in the winter you will probably see me with a $2 000 Brazilian wig or whatever, but now its hot and I like my comfort. So right now this is my hairstyle not because I don’t have money, but because I want my comfort and these lines are exactly what I need now… it’s not for show, it’s for me.”

Mary reported that she is not present on any social media platforms. 

Mary Chiwenga Jobs


Mary Chiwenga is a former model and chairperson for The Miss Zimbabwe Trust, she was responsible for organizing and running the beauty pageant for several years. She has now delved into Philanthropic work and is the chairperson for the non-profit organization, Musha Mukadzi Zimbabwe Armed Forces Foundation (MZAFF). The organization provides help and resources to families, wives, widows and children of serving or retired soldiers and war veterans. The MZAFF organization was inspired and initiated by Mary Chiwenga’s husband, former army commander and the current Zimbabwean Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga. 

Mary Chiwenga was also appointed as a member in June 2017 to Special Economic Zones (SEZs), which is chaired by former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono. 

Mary Chiwenga Breakups


Mary Chiwenga and Shingi Kawondera were legally divorced in 2011. Shingi Kawondera has sinced sued his former wife for $700 000 under the claims that she fraudulently obtained a divorce to facilitate her marriage to the Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. Shingi Kawondera stated that he was in Cyprus playing football when his marriage to Mary Chiwenga was nullified. He claims that his consent to the divorce was never given and his signature was forged.

Mary Chiwenga Controversy


There has been much controversy surrounding the union of Mary Chiwenga and Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. Among all the rumours circulating regarding the legal proceedings of the divorce between Mary (Mubaiwe) Chiwenga and Shingi Kawondera, comes more scandal as the Vice Presidents ex-wife, Jocelyn Mauchaza Chiwenga, is now suing Mary Chiwenga for $40 million. Her grounds for this is due to her belief that Mubaiwe and Chiwenga had planned their union while she was still married to the army chief, stating that it was disrespectful and hurtful to her. 

Jocelyn, who married Chiwenga in November 1998 blamed the actions of Mubaiwe for the dissolution of her marriage to Chiwenga. She said that Chiwenga committed bigamy when he married Mary Mubaiwe. At the time of these claims neither Mary Mubaiwe Chiwenga or Vice President Constantino Chiwenga had any comments in this regard. Instead the former army commander had journalists prevented from reporting on the divorce through a court gag order.

Mary Chiwenga Husband, Constantino Chiwenga Health


In recent reports, the world has found the Vice President, Constantino Chiwenga has been in hospital with an undisclosed illness. It’s been reported that he has been seeking treatment for a rare medical condition that has seen him making trips between Harare, South Africa, India and China.

George Charamba, the presidential spokesperson said that the Vice President was airlifted to China and attended to by three medical experts from three different countries. He also underwent an operation on his oesaphugus during his last visit to India. The replacing of his oesaphugus has caused eating and speaking difficulties.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa confirmed this in his address to the ZANU PF national women’s league. 


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