VP Mohadi, who has been embroiled in an abuse of office and sexual misconduct scandal, tendered his resignation to President Emmerson Mnangagwa earlier today.
Mohadi has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the last few weeks, following the release of a series of audios in which he is purportedly asking for sexual favours from his subordinates, who include married women.
Last week, the Vice President furiously denied the allegations levelled against him, arguing that it was part of a well-orchestrated plot to demean and soil his image. Mohadi claimed that the audio clips which are currently circulating on social media are a result of “voice cloning.”
He also insisted that he was not going to step down from his post as Vice President despite the public outcry against his sexual misconduct scandal. He insisted that nothing was going to move him and that only President Emmerson Mnangagwa could determine his future.
However, the Vice President seems to have had a change of heart over the matter and tendered his resignation today. The news was confirmed by the Ministry of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services. In his resignation statement, Mohadi maintained that he is “a victim of information distortion, voice cloning, and sponsored spooking and political sabotage.” He insisted that he is only resigning because of the great respect he has for the office of the President.
Below is Vice President Kembo Mohadi’s statement on his resignation which iHarare is publishing in its entirety.
RESIGNATION PRESS STATEMENT TO THE NATION
VICE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF ZIMBABWE
HON K.C.D MOHADI
Greetings to you the Citizens of this Great Nation.
I want to begin by appreciating the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde Emmerson Munangagwa for the opportunity to serve under his grace for the past three years. I literally sat under his tutelage and tapped from his wisdom, clear eyed vision and political dexterity.
Dear citizens, it is my pleasure and privilege to leave the trust that you have bestowed upon me. I thank you for the tasks that I accomplished effectively and I ask for forgiveness for those tasks I failed to do well. I pray for humility, dynamism and the great principle to which the feathers of your trust give utterance.
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. I have arrived at this decision not as a matter of cowardice but as a sign of demonstrating great respect to the office of the President so that it is not compromised or caricatured by actions that are linked to my challenges as an individual.
The interconnectivity with social media ecologies have been relaying viral moral panics, peddling flames of lies, creating myths, and muddling the reality of my life as a family man. I am a victim of information distortion, voice cloning, and sponsored spooking and political sabotage. Digital media, in their hybridity, have been abused by my enemies to blackmail me, but my spirit will never die. Following the recurring dis-information and virilisation of my alleged immoral unions, dispensed through awkward slacktivism, I am stepping down as the Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe in terms of Section 96(2) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe (No. 20) Act, 2013 with immediate effect.
Hard as it may be to my family, friends, comrades and cadres of my Party ZANU PF, I am taking the decision to step down as the Vice President of Zimbabwe, to save the image of my government.
My decision to relinquish the Vice President post is also a way of respecting the citizens of this Great Nation, and my Party Comrades, some of whom would have been affected by the falsehoods and character assassination in the digital ecosystems.
My resignation is also necessitated by my desire to seek clarity and justice on the matter in which my legal team will pursue and deconstruct this pseudo-paparazzi and flawed espionage to achieve cheap political points. I promise to poke holes on this grand strategy from political foes.
Once again, I want to thank the President Cde E.D Mnangagwa, ZANU PF cadres, and the citizens of this Great Nation for the unprecedented support. The energy, the faith, the devotion, which you have in this government, must light your respective responsibilities and the glow from this light must truly light the world. In my political journey, I have learnt that, there are no winners or losers in governance but we are pilgrims tied to a single garment of destiny.
I wish the President of Zimbabwe well, as he continues to bear the burden of a struggle to improve the lives of Zimbabweans, to rejoice in hope and patience, in tribulation against poverty, Covid 19, and Vision 2030.
K.C. D Mohadi
What Is Kembo Mohadi Accused Of Having Done?
The (now former) Vice President is accused of using the power of his office to sleep with subordinates, who include married women.
According to online publication Zimlive, Mohadi was having an affair with Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) agent Abbigal Muleya. The publication released an audio in which Muleya and Mohadi were purportedly planning a se_xual rendezvous. During the conversation, Mohadi stated that he had taken two cups of an aphrodisiac.
In another leaked conversation with, Chervaughn Choeni, another subordinate the Vice President asks for se_x and the two agree to meet at the office. Choeni’s husband is reported to have filed for divorce after hearing the audio.
In a third leaked audio, the Vice President is asking for se_xual favours from a woman whom he allegedly assisted financially when she was in college. During the conversation, Mohadi asks the woman to bear him a child. However, the woman appears reluctant and says “A child will be problematic.”
Has Any Vice President Ever Resigned Before?
No. Kembo Mohadi becomes the first vice president to resign in the history of Zimbabwe. His predecessors either died in office or were removed from their positions following massive political upheavals.
Now That Mohadi Has Resigned, Who Will Replace Him?
Mohadi’s replacement will be someone from the former Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) party. According to the Unity Accord signed in 1987, one of the Vice Presidents must come from people who were in ZAPU at the time the accord was signed.