- Zimbabwe is refusing to hand over Grace Mugabe to South Africa to face an allegation of assault
- The former first lady is accused of attacking South African model, Gabriella Engels
- However, the Zimbabwean government says that extraditing Grace would be an attack on Robert Mugabe, one of the country's founding fathers
The Zimbabwean government responded to a warrant of arrest that was reportedly issued for the wife of its former leader, Robert Mugabe.
Grace Mugabe is accused of assaulting a South African model, Gabriella Engels in 2017.
However, the Zimbabwean government is not planning on extraditing Grace and says it will not allow any attempt to embarrass Robert Mugabe or his family.
According to a report by The Citizen, the Zimbabwe government says that extraditing Grace would be harassment of the Mugabe family.
Energy Mutodi, Zimbabwean Deputy Minister of Information made it clear that Grace will not be extradited to South Africa.
We will not smile on any attempt to embarrass, ill-treat or diminish the image of former president Robert Mugabe or his immediate family members. Harassment of his immediate family members is not in the best interests of Zimbabwe.
Mutodi added that Robert Mugabe is one of its founding fathers and it is not desirable for the country that he or his family face any misery.
Zimbabwe is obliged to hand Grace over since the country is a member of Interpol, but it insists she is entitled to diplomatic immunity. The former first lady did enjoy immunity but that was later overturned in court.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that the activist group AfriForum claimed a warrant of arrest has been issued for Grace for her alleged assault of Gabriella.
Gabriella claimed that an injury to her forehead in August 2017 was inflicted by Grace when she attacked the model with an extension cable.
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