Mugabe’s wife sues businessman for failing to deliver $1.35m special diamond ring

Madam Grace, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has sued a Lebanese businessman for failing to deliver a $1.35-million diamond ring she ordered for her special wedding anniversary.

Grace placed an order for a 100-carat diamond ring worth $1.35 million to mark the anniversary of her wedding to the 93-year-old leader.

“First lady Dr Grace Mugabe is suing fugitive businessman Mr Jamal Joseph Ahmed for $1.23 million (1.05 million euros) over a diamond ring deal that went sour last year,” The Herald reports that the order was place two years ago.

“In breach of the agreement, Mr Ahmed failed to deliver the ring, triggering a legal wrangle.”

“The plaintiff wanted to purchase a unique diamond ring for her wedding anniversary celebrations,” said court documents seen by The Herald.

“The defendant tendered a diamond ring worth $30,000 and naturally, the plaintiff refused to take possession of an inferior ring.”

Grace Mugabe demanded a refund but Ahmed paid back just $120,000.

In court documents, Ahmed said he had offered to repay the money in installments and claimed he had already paid back $150,000.

In January Ahmed went to court to stop Grace from seizing his properties over the diamond ring spat.

Grace has however denied attempting to seize Ahmed’s properties, saying police had been guarding his premises because he was wanted for alleged crimes.

According to AFP, the Lebanese businessman holds a Zimbabwean permanent residence permit, but no longer lives in the southern African country.

When a president's wife goes out to spend $1.35m on a ring, just know that the country needs help.