Former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe is facing a new charge of assault.
She has been accused of viciously beating up housekeeper Shupikai Chiroodza, an employee in the family mansion in Harare, allegedly because she was given cash by former president Robert Mugabe as a wedding present.
Chiroodza, who was seconded to the Mugabe’s Blue Roof mansion on March 13, 2017, said she showed up for work as usual and found the first lady waiting for her.
Papers filed in Zimbabwe’s high court by lawyers for Chiroodza allege that Mugabe used her fists and then her shoe in a prolonged attack that left blood pouring down Chiroodza’s face.
“She started beating me with clenched fists shouting, ‘who do you think you are? You are milking my husband behind my back,” Chiroodza said.
“She removed her shoes and continued assaulting me with them and blood started gushing out of my forehead, mouth and nose.”
The former housekeeper said she had never been fired and wanted her job and benefits but had failed to persuade Mugabe’s administration to reinstate her, and was denied again by senior civil servants employed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa. She also claims that she lost access to a state vehicle without correct procedures being followed.
The Civil Service Commission, Chiroodza’s former employer, is negotiating an out-of-court settlement.
Grace Mugabe is also facing charges in South Africa after an incident in which it is alleged that she assaulted South African model Gabriella Engels at a hotel in Sandton in August 2017.
Following the incident, Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane granted Mugabe diplomatic immunity and Mugabe left SA.