by: FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press
Posted: Mar 1, 2021 / 1:14 PM ESTUpdated: March 1, 2021 / 1:14 PM EST
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) – One of Zimbabwe’s vice-presidents has resigned after a series of reports in the local media alleging he had affairs with several married and single women.
Kembo Mohadi, 71, one of the country’s two vice-presidents, denied being involved in the alleged affairs on Monday but said he would resign “to save my government’s image”. Both Vice Presidents of Zimbabwe are single after divorce.
His alleged affairs include one with a married intelligence officer. Local online media provided recordings of phone calls in which a man who sounded like Mohadi suggested several other women and talked about drinking preparations to improve sexual performance.
In another recorded call, the man is heard dating another married woman for sex in his office. In another phone call, the man asks another woman to have his baby, which she refused.
Mohadi, a veteran of the country’s 1970s Bush War for independence from white minority rule, has been a prominent member of the government for decades. He denied he was the man in the recorded phone calls.
In his resignation letter, he said he was a victim of “information distortion”, “voice cloning” and “sponsored ghost and political sabotage”.
He said that after “going on a soul-seeking pilgrimage” he “needs space to resolve my problems outside of the government chair.”