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Zimbabwe: Who gains from the public shaming of VP Kembo Mohadi?

By Michelle Chifamba
Posted on Monday, 15 March 2021 13:11

Kembo Mohadi
Zimbabwe’s former second Vice President Kembo Mohadi in Singapore September 10, 2019. REUTERS/Feline Lim/File Photo

Zimabwe's second Vice President Kembo Mohadi was caught in a kompromat trap. Recordings of phone calls full of lurid sexual banter, thanks to intercepts that were almost certainly the work of a state intelligence agency, were faithfully reproduced on the Zimlive online news site in a series of salacious stories.

Episodes of the cache of intercepted ‘phone calls played out over the last two weeks of February, creating a picture of a top politician abusing his office to secure sexual favours from vulnerable young women, most of them working in his office.

Mohadi held the line and then on 1 March resigned – a unicorn-style rarity in the ZANU-PF government. He said he was stepping down, “… not out of cowardice but as a sign of demonstrating great respect to the office of the President.”

Denying all wrongdoing, Vice President Mohadi insisted that he was a victim of disinformation, voice cloning, and political sabotage.