Grace Mugabe in legal battle with diamond dealer

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By Peta Thonycroft | IOL |

Grace Mugabe has defied a Harare High Court order and remains in occupation and in control of three expensive properties she took over from a Dubai-based diamond dealer over a massive diamond ring she bought for nearly R20 million to celebrate her 20th wedding anniversary to President Robert Mugabe.

First Lady Grace Mugabe
First Lady Grace Mugabe

Jamal Ahmed, originally from Lebanon but who lives in Belgian, owns three upmarket properties in Harare together with some other shareholders.

He says he sold Grace Mugabe an uncut diamond and then had it polished and set and she fully paid him for it from her Harare bank account with the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe.

His lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa told the court in the urgent application that unexpectedly the first lady refused to accept delivery of the diamond ring and ordered him to repay all the money to her account in Dubai.

When Ahmed told her he needed to negotiate any repayment and could not break Zimbabwe exchange control regulations, and needed to refund her in Harare, and that he had incurred expenses in getting the diamond polished and set, Mugabe allegedly set her son by her first marriage, Russell Goreraza, her son-in-law Simba Chikore and Kennedy Fero, one of her security staff to take over Ahmed’s properties in Harare.

In so doing, the Harare High Court heard, workers living in one of Ahmed’s properties were evicted, including two children at school in Harare trying to write end-of-year examinations.

There were also details in Ahmed’s affidavit of threats by Grace Mugabe via a go-between who allegedly warned him that the first family all had immunity from prosecution.

State legal officials were rebuffed by security staff when they tried to deliver summons to Grace Mugabe at State House, but eventually, Judge Clement Phiri heard the matter on December 21 and issued an order that all three properties should be handed back to Ahmed within 24 hours.

“We have decided to engage the sheriff to evict them because they have refused to comply with the High Court order. We are not yet sure as to when will the sheriff execute our request,” Mtetwa told journalists in Harare this week.

The first couple are presently in China after holidaying in Dubai as they usually do over Christmas.Wilson Manase, Grace Mugabe’s lawyer said he would challenge the order, and claimed she had not been served with summons to defend her case in court.

He also claimed she did not have a foreign bank account.

 

  • What do you think will happen to her if she remain put on the said properties?

    • Nothing but she has to keep an eye on a possible revenge during her trips to the asian countries. These property moguls are connected and it’s no secret.

      • ameno

        especially as a mother she needs to be careful cause she is putting her kids in danger. you might be above the law in zim but not everywhere

  • So the witch is now above the law??

  • Marujata

  • She think she own the world this witch woman

  • She will give them back.

  • Kudzai

    But she should get he money first before she releases the houses kanhai we want fairness here. Mari yaDoc Amai iri kupi give here her money you Judge Phiri you are not fair

    • ZimMatata

      She wants it deposited in a foreign account in Dubai. Externalisation of funds that were paid in Zim. Money laundering, meanwhile pamberi ne Bond paper in ZIM. Where is the fairness.

  • stingray

    The First Lady picture’She looks very Evil

  • Wat of that 15 billion?

  • Ndovanonzi zimbabwe ka ivavo

  • Watch this Space

    Told you “watch this space” with Disgrace she will flex her muscles to get what she wants

  • santana

    Some people surprisingly are dying her to become vice president or even president