A FORMER housekeeper at the Blue Roof says Grace Mugabe clobbered her when her husband, ex president, Robert Mugabe gave her a wedding gift.

Shupikai Chiroodzasaid the former First Lady flew into a rage accusing her  of “milking” the 95-year-old. She was then sacked.

Chiroodza is seeking 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. Newsday reports that Chiroodza was employed by the Civil Service Commission in April 2008 in the Office of the President and Cabinet under the State Residences department, as a housekeeper at State House. She was then transferred to the Mugabes’ Blue Roof mansion and promoted to the position of Comptroller 111 on June 21 2015.

She said senior principal director (Department of State Residences), Innocent Tizora,told her that she was being placed on forced leave in connection with a wedding gift. Chiroodza demanded written communication notifying her that she was being placed on forced leave.

“… I then asked him to release me to go back to my work station. Immediately after leaving his office on my way to my work station I received a phone call from Dr Tizora again telling me that the former first lady (Grace Mugabe) was waiting for me back at my station and so I drove there and arrived around 1700hrs,” she says in the application.

“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.

“At that point some cars arrived with some visitors, she said to me ibva pano! Dai asiri ma visitors angu asvika I wanted to kill you ndakangozvinzwa kuti waudza ani or report anywhere I will definitely kill you. (Get away from here, had it not been for my visitors who have arrived, I wanted to kill you. If I hear you told anyone or report anywhere, I will definitely kill you). After taking her visitors to the other rooms, the former first lady harshly said to me, ‘I want the money that you were given as a gift on your wedding and I don’t want to see you here again’. I left and drove home.”