Diamond ring wars get nasty as Grace defies court order
January 5 2017 – ZIMBABWE ‘s first lady Grace Mugabe is defying a court order to leave three properties that she seized from a Lebanese businessman in a dispute over a US$ 1.35-million diamond ring, the businessman’s lawyer said Thursday (today).
Grace Mugabe seized Ahmed Jamal’s properties after he failed to reimburse the cost of the ring, which was due to be President Robert Mugabe’s gift to her on their 20th wedding anniversary in 2016.
For unknown reasons, she refused to accept the ring on delivery, and sought to get the money back.
A judge in December ordered Grace Mugabe to leave Jamal’s properties within 24 hours.
“She has not made a step in complying with the provisional order issued by Justice Clement Phiri,” Jamal’s lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa told dpa.
“We have since advised the deputy sheriff to have her evicted from the properties in line with the court’s directive,” she added.
There has been no comment from Grace Mugabe, who is currently accompanying her husband to China on a month-long vacation.
Jamal has argued that he has not yet had time to reimburse the price of the diamond ring, because he was using a third party for the transaction.
The 51-year-old first lady has been tipped as successor to her 92-year-old husband, who has ruled the southern African country since 1980. – dpa