Wednesday, October 18, 2017 11:33 am
Grace, wife of Zimbabwe’s President Rober Mugabe Tuesday has dragged a jeweller, Jamal Joseph Ahmed to court over alleged failure to deliver a diamond ring she ordered from him, the state media reports.
In the suit filed at Harare High Court by Wilson Tatenda Manase of Manase and Manase Legal Practitioners, the Zimbabwean First Lady said she ordered a 100-carat special ring worth $1, 350 000 for her wedding anniversary from Ahmed and paid in advance through her CBZ Bank account in April, 2006.
But she said Ahmed failed to deliver the ring and only paid $120, 000. Grace is therefore demanding the remaining debt of $1, 230 000 plus interest calculated from April 1, 2015 to the date of payment in full.
She also wants the court to declare Ahmed’s shareholding in three companies — Thatchfree Investments, Zulaf Investments and Super Earth Properties — executable and attach the jeweller’s immovable properties in Avondale and Vainona, Harare, if he fails to settle the debt.
“The plaintiff wanted to purchase a unique diamond ring for her wedding anniversary celebrations. The parties agreed that the diamond ring would be at least 100 carats and the agreed price was US$1, 350 000. The plaintiff duly instructed her bankers, CBZ Bank, to transfer the money into defendant’s bank account, to which the bank duly complied,” reads the declaration.
“In response, the defendant tendered a diamond ring worth US$30 000 and naturally, the plaintiff refused to take possession of an inferior ring,” the declaration reads. Mr Ahmed later agreed to pay back the $1, 350 000 that had been advanced to him, and he only paid $120 000.
“Despite repeated demand, the defendant has neglected and failed to refund the full amount. The plaintiff has no other remedy but to seek redress from this very Honourable Court,” the court papers reportedly read.
Zimbabwe.com reports that the the diamond saga first became public when she filed an affidavit opposing a High Court order granted by Justice Clemence Phiri in December 2016 ordering Grace and her proxies to vacate Ahmed’s three Harare properties they had allegedly occupied.
According to the website, the First Lady denied invading premises claiming that she was, instead, a victim of an “international fraudster wanted by the international police”.
Grace also denied that she used her status to force her way into the properties.
The Lebanese businessman dragged Mugabe’s wife to court after she allegedly grabbed his three properties.
Ahmed was also seeking protection from Grace’s son, Russell Goreraza, son-in-law and Kennedy Fero, who, according to court papers, is part of the First Lady’s security personnel.
Through his lawyer, Beatrice Mtetwa, Ahmed alleged that he was afraid to come to Zimbabwe as he was being threatened.
First reported in Zimbabwe.com