Grace defies court order

Grace defies court order

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s wife, First Lady Grace Mugabe, has defied a High Court order and remained in occupation of three houses she seized from a Lebanese diamond dealer, Jamal Ahmed, over a botched $1,3 million diamond ring deal.

Source: Grace defies court order – NewsDay Zimbabwe January 5, 2017

by XOLISANI NCUBE

Ahmed’s lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa told NewsDay yesterday that Grace had not yet removed her proxies from the properties in defiance of an eviction order issued by High Court judge, Justice Clement Phiri on December 21 last year.

Mtetwa said they had now approached the Deputy Sheriff of the High Court to evict Grace’s proxies from the properties located in Harare’s leafy Avondale suburb.

“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 said.

Justice Phiri had given Grace’s proxies 24 hours to vacate the premises, failure to which, the sheriff would be authorised to evict them and restore the properties to Ahmed.

The First Lady, who is in China holidaying with her husband President Robert Mugabe, was also ordered to restore movable property removed from one of the workers’ houses.

Ahmed approached the High Court after three of his properties were illegally seized by the First Lady, who was demanding full refund for a ring she bought from Dubai.

According to court papers, Grace placed an order for the ring in Dubai through Thatchfree Investments (Pvt) Ltd, a company owned by Ahmed. The expensive ring was meant to be President Robert Mugabe’s wedding anniversary gift to his wife. Last year was their 20th anniversary. The two wed in August 1996.

She allegedly made the payment through a local commercial bank, but declined to accept the ring on delivery before demanding that the refund be deposited in her private Dubai bank account.

But, Ahmed, according to court papers, said it would take long to effect the refund, as he had used a third party for the transaction, to which Grace objected and proceeded to seize the properties

In approaching the court, Ahmed was also seeking protection from Grace’s nagging son, Russell Goreraza, son-in-law, Simba Chikore and Kennedy Fero, who, according to court papers, is part of the First Lady’s security personnel.

After the judgment, Grace’s lawyer Wilson Manase said they would challenge the order to vacate, but was not reachable for comment yesterday, as his phone went unanswered.

Manase claimed his client had not been served with the court papers to defend her case at the High Court.

He added that the First Lady did not have a bank account outside the country.

This is not the first time Grace has been involved in a controversial business deal.

In 2011 she was caught in a spat over a $1 million truck deal with South African businessman Ping Sung Hsieh.

COMMENTS

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    Mukanya 12 months

    GRACE Stands in defiance of the LAW!! ” 1st LADY”
    This is lawlessness!!

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    mik 12 months

    What low life sleaze the whole “first” family is.

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    Holidaying in China! WOW! Surely Zvimba or Lupane or Zaka or even Kariba must be better than China. Mind you, the presents are cheap quality and cheap to buy, dogs legs are cheaper than chicken wings, but the music is terrible.
    Grace defies anything and everything!

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    Ann 11 months

    The first crooks have no shame, in another country the President would have been impreached. Let this be a lesson to anyone who tries have business dealings with the Mafia oh sorry first family.

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    reader 11 months

    Now we know how the money leaves ZIMBABWE, place an order for product and pay from Zimbabwe then reject it and want the refund put off shore. Clever plan concocted before it was even ordered.

    I’ve never known someone wanting an unpolished diamond.

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    Nhamodzenyika 11 months

    Zvino nzwisa tsitsi kuita chitsotsi chakadayi munhu wechikadzi chikuru ( chikadzi chashefu mbarure tangozoti hedun…m….vha!!! )