Zimbabwe’s Vice-President Kembo Mohadi says he is not in sexual relations with any married woman.
His response follows a week of digital media reports linking him to several women, including a subordinate.
Audio recordings regarding the alleged relations have been circulating in the Southern African country.
Responding publicly for the first time, Vice-President Mohadi said his voice was cloned and that he is “a victim of political machinations”.
He told journalists in the capital, Harare, on Wednesday that “detractors” were behind the allegations.
“Following the recent 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 weird character assassination, I would like 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.”
The Vice-President also said: “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.
“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.”