Mugabe family met by senior government officials in Zim

The Zimbabwean first lady and her husband President Robert Mugabe landed in Harare early this morning aboard an Air Zimbabwe plane.

FILE: Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe and Mrs Grace Mugabe arriving at Waterkloof AirForce Base. Picture: GCIS.

HARARE - State media in Zimbabwe is confirming that first lady Grace Mugabe has flown back into the country from South Africa.

The Zimbabwean first lady and her husband President Robert Mugabe landed in Harare early this morning aboard an Air Zimbabwe plane.

She was charged with assault to commit grievous bodily harm after she allegedly attacked Gabriella Engles with an electric cable in a Sandton hotel last Sunday.

Last week, Police Minister Fikile Mbalula said a red alert had been placed on the country’s borders to prevent Grace from leaving the country.

State ZBC radio says the first lady and Mugabe were met by senior government officials after they landed in Harare early this morning.

Their flight wasn’t a commercial one so the first family appear to have been saved the nightmare that’s facing other travellers between the two countries this weekend.

The Zimbabwean government had invoked diplomatic immunity and was awaiting a response from international relations.

At the same time, flights to Harare still haven't left OR Tambo International Airport this morning.

The state-run Sunday Mail says that even British Airways flights have been barred from landing in the country.

(Edited by Refilwe Pitjeng)