Grace Mugabe, the former first lady is alleged to have assaulted a housekeeper at her Blue Roof mansion for accepting a cash gift as a wedding present from former president Robert Mugabe.
Shupikai Chiroodza through her lawyers Mtetwa and Nyambirai now seeks to be reinstated to her old job and enjoy full benefits that would have accrued to her from the time she was “unlawfully” dismissed in May 2017. She was employed by the Civil Service Commission in 2008 in the Office of the President and Cabinet under the State Residences department, as a housekeeper at State House.
Her application reveals that she assaulted at Mugabe’s residence. She said:
Upon arrival at my work station at about 1700hrs on 13th March 2017, I saw the then first lady waiting for me, when I reached the main door of the house where she was standing she started shouting at me and seized me by the neck and pulled me inside the house and locked the door. She started beating me with clenched fists shouting,
‘unoda kuzviita ani pano? (who do you think you are here?) you are milking my husband behind my back’. I did not utter a word as I was terrified. She removed her shoes and continued assaulting me with it and blood started gushing out of my forehead, mouth and nose. The assault continued for about 20 minutes.
She added that the assault only stopped when some visitors arrived. Grace then threatened to kill her if she disclosed the assault.
More: The Zimbabwe Independent