HARARE, Zimbabwe— Zimbabwean second Vice President Kembo Mohadi resigned on Monday following alleged affairs with several women, including sexual impropriety.
Mohadi, 71, denied on Monday that he was involved in the alleged affairs but said he was stepping down “not as a matter of cowardice but as a sign of demonstrating great respect to the office of the President” and “to save the image of the government.”
Both Zimbabwe’s vice presidents are single after divorces. Earlier last week he denied accusations saying it was a political plot against him.
In his resignation letter, he indicated he was a victim of “information distortion,” “voice cloning,” and “sponsored spooking and political sabotage.”
He added that after “going through a soul-searching pilgrimage” he needed “space to deal with problems outside the governance chair.” He however maintained he would seek legal recourse on the allegations tainting him.
Mohadi has been a prominent member of the government for decades. He was one of two deputies appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2017.
— Ministry of Information, Publicity & Broadcasting (@InfoMinZW) March 1, 2021