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Biti says Mohadi’s private chats were unlawfully obtained

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  • However, Biti contradicted himself as two days before, he praised the way Mohadi was exposed by an online publication. On Tuesday, Biti lauded praises on ZimLive which initially published the expose on Mohadi.

By Stanford Madombwe

MDC Alliance Harare East legislator Tendai Biti has said the way the private conversations of former Vice President Kembo Mohadi were obtained and leaked is against the laws of the country.

Biti, a lawyer, accused the State of hacking into Mohadi’s private communications and demanded action against the State which he says went “rogue” and unlawfully interfered with the private communication of Mohadi leading to his dramatic resignation this week.

Mohadi threw in his resignation following leaked conversations in which a voice, which he said was morphed, solicited for sexual favours from multiple women, including junior members of his office.

Speaking in Parliament yesterday, Biti asked Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi to spell out how the State can be punished for tapping Mohadi’s private conversations.

“What happens if the State itself is committing espionage against private citizens and I refer to the recent incident where the entire private communication of the Vice President of a country was interfered with against the laws of the country and then used?

“What happens when the State is the rogue element and is committing that espionage? What protection do members of the public and Executive have?” Biti pinned down on Ziyambi.

However, Ziyambi wriggled his way out and insisted that the State was not involved in the developments leading to Mohadi’s resignation.

“In all fairness,… I am not privy to the circumstances that the Hon. Member has alluded to.

“If he has information to that, he can direct it to the relevant authorities to ensure that the right to privacy of our citizens are maintained,” Ziyambi said.

However, Biti contradicted himself as two days before, he praised the way Mohadi was exposed by an online publication. On Tuesday, Biti lauded praises on ZimLive which initially published the expose on Mohadi.

He described ZimLive Editor Mduduzi Mathuthu as “a damn good journalist” and a “jolly good fellow” who is “definitely one of us”.

In his resignation, Mohadi said he needed to step aside out of respect for the Office of the Presidency so that he could deal with “political opponents” who he said hacked him and also morphed his voice.

He never named any such political foes, or suggested whether they are in the ruling Zanu-PF, Government, or opposition. – Zimbabwe Voice 🔺

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