Zimbabwe’s former first lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly been sued by lawyers who represented her in several court cases involving a botched $1.2 million diamond ring deal.

According to the state-owned Chronicle newspaper, the lawyers took the move after Grace failed to pay them outstanding legal fees amounting to more than $278 000.

Manase and Manase legal practitioners had acted on behalf of the former first lady in court following a botched diamond ring deal with a Lebanese dealer Jamal Ahmed, the report said.

Grace made headlines in 2016, with reports saying that the deal came to light after she demanded a refund, which she allegedly wanted paid to her in Dubai.

The diamond ring had been meant to be former president Robert Mugabe’s wedding anniversary present to her.

The year 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the Mugabes’ wedding.

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