HARARE, 1 March 2021 – Zimbabwe’s second vice-president, Kembo Mohadi, has resigned a week after denying accusations of sexual impropriety.
The audio recordings first published by ZimLive are of phone conversations reportedly featuring Mohadi soliciting sex.
“I am a victim of information distortion, voice cloning and sponsored spooking and political sabotage,” Mohadi said in a letter after ZimLive online newspaper published call recordings with several women.
One of the recordings reportedly involved Mohadi, 71, speaking with a subordinate.
In resigning, Mohadi reiterated his defense that he is the victim of hacking and “voice cloning”.
“I have been going through a soul searching pilgrimage and realized that I need the space to deal with my problems outside the governance chair,” the letter said.
Mohadi said his resignation was to show respect to the office of the president and to ensure that it was “not compromised or caricatured by actions that are linked to my challenges as an individual”.