SENIOR STAFF WRITER
VICE President Kembo Mohadi says he is “a victim of political machinations being peddled through hacking and voice cloning” — following a week of damaging claims that he had had a string of affairs with married women.
In addition, Mohadi also told a media conference at his Munhumutapa offices in Harare yesterday that his fate in government could only be decided by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and no one else.
This comes after audios of alleged phone calls purportedly between Mohadi and a number of married women went viral last week.
But Mohadi came out guns blazing yesterday, saying emphatically that he was innocent of all the allegations that have been levelled against him — adding that his political enemies had also invaded his privacy and cloned his voice in an endeavour to soil his reputation.
He also said that he would remain in office, unless Mnangagwa, the appointing authority, thought otherwise.
“If anything is going to happen, it is going to be His Excellency (Mnangagwa) who is going to determine my future.
“Fellow Zimbabweans, following the recent social media hype about my alleged illicit relationship with two married women, I have decided to come open and respond to the allegations being peddled by my detractors.
“Despite growing impatient because of days of weird character assassination, I wish to categorically state that the allegations being levelled against me are not only false, but well-choreographed to demean, condescend and soil my image as a national leader and patriot,” Mohadi said.
“I am also aware that my right to privacy has been trashed in terms of Section 57 (d) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No.20) Act 2013, which reads as follows: ‘Every person has the right to privacy, which includes the right not to have the privacy of their communications infringed’.
“Despite the noise in digital media ecologies, I wish to clearly state that I am innocent and a victim of political machinations being peddled through hacking and voice cloning,” he added.
He also said that he remained a committed leader, father and servant of Zimbabwe.
“Fellow Zimbabweans, despite the density of the allegations being levelled against me, I salute the support from fellow citizens, colleagues and comrades who fully grasped the rigid complexities of concocted enemy attacks.
“It is against this backdrop that I am categorically distancing myself from the imagined immoral unions,” Mohadi said.
“The camaraderie and support given to me during this trying hour is greatly appreciated.
“That these faceless netizens have blended well networked digital architecture to re-engineer the spaces for political demonisation will not dampen my spirit as a tried and tested cadre. My fate is in President Mnangagwa’s hands,” he said further.
Mohadi declined to take questions from journalists, directing them to his lawyer, Norman Mugiya — who flanked the vice president during the press conference.
Mugiya said they were aware of the people behind the audios and would soon institute legal proceedings against them. However, he declined to divulge their names or give more details.
According to three audios on the saga, Mohadi allegedly had an affair with a married female subordinate. He also allegedly had another affair with another married woman.
In the third clip, Mohadi allegedly tells another woman in South Africa that he wanted to have a child with her.
According to the Constitution of Zimbabwe, vice presidents serve at the pleasure of the president who appoints them.
“Without delay the person elected as President in any election referred to in subparagraph (1) must appoint not more than two Vice Presidents, who hold office at his or her pleasure,” the Constitution reads.
The Constitution also says a vice president may “resign his or her office by written notice to the president, who must give public notice of the resignation as soon as it is possible to do so and in any event within twenty-four hours.”
Since Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, only two sitting vice presidents — Mnangagwa and Joice Mujuru — were fired by the late former president Robert Mugabe.
Mujuru was sacked in December 2014 at the height of Zanu PF’s tribal, factional and succession wars.
In the twilight of Mugabe’s rule, Generation 40 (G40) kingpins coalesced around the nonagenarian’s erratic wife Grace — resulting in the group being involved in a hammer and tongs tussle with Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste, over Zanu PF’s still then unresolved succession question.
Mugabe subsequently fired Mnangagwa in early November 2017, before he came back to be the country’s new leader following a stunning and widely-supported military coup.