Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe has disobeyed a High Court ruling ordering her to return the three houses she seized from a Lebanese diamond dealer, Jamal Ahmed, over a botched $1,3 million diamond ring deal.
As at yesterday, the Zimbabwe’s first lady had not removed her proxies from the houses despite High Court judge, Justice Clement Phiri’s order on December 21, 2016.
The brouhaha over the ring deal started after she declined to accept a $1.3 million diamond ring she ordered in Dubai through Thatchfree Investments (Pvt) Ltd, a company owned by Ahmed.
According to court papers, after she rejected the ring on delivery, she immediately requested Ahmed to refund her money into her private Dubai bank account. But the ring dealer pleaded with her to give him some time because he used a third party in the transaction.
Not willing to wait any longer, First Lady Grace Mugabe proceeded and seized Ahmed’s properties. Ahmed was left with no other option but to approach the High Court. Hence, the reason for Phiri’s judgement on December 21.
Yesterday, Ahmed’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa confirmed Grace has not removed her proxies and that they have now approached the Deputy Sheriff of the High Court to evict Grace’s proxies from Ahmed’s properties located in Harare’s leafy Avondale suburb.
Justice Phiri has also given her 24 hours to remove her proxies or face forceful eviction, after which the sheriff would be authorized to hand over Ahmed’s properties to him.
“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 as was stated by the court,” Mtetwa explained.
Ahmed, in court papers also sought protection from Grace’s nagging son, Russell Goreraza, son-in-law, Simba Chikore and Kennedy Fero, who are reportedly part of her security personnel.
Reports had it that the high-priced ring was meant to be President Robert Mugabe’s wedding anniversary gift to his wife. Mugabe and Grace’s marriage clocked 20 last year. The lovebirds wedded in August 1996.
Sadly, this is not the first time first lady Grace Mugabe has been involved in a controversial business deal. In 2011 she had a fight with South African businessman Ping Sung Hsieh over a $1 million truck deal.