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Zimbabwean PM Tsvangirai's MDC Suspends Top Official Over Alleged Sex Scandal


The scandal was splashed in local newspapers after the woman's husband allegedly caught the two red-handed in a Bulawayo hotel

Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Wendesday suspended its director general Toendepi Shonhe and an employee in the party’s information and publicity department to pave way for investigations into a sex scandal involving the two.

The potentially embarrassing scandal was splashed in local newspapers after the woman's husband allegedly caught the two red-handed in the wee hours of Saturday at a Bulawayo hotel.

Explicit images and video evidence posted on social media including youtube, facebook and twitter forced the MDC to suspend the two and minimize damage on its image.

"The investigation is meant to either locate or negate abuse of office, the presence or otherwise of acts of misconduct and the violation of MDC code of ethics and values that should guide all MDC officials, elected, appointed and deployed," MDC spokesman Nelson Chamisa told a news conference in Harare.

"While acknowledging the desirability of the privacy of the aforementioned two, the party unreservedly condemns any commission or omission that undermines the values and morals of the 'Party of Excellence'," he added.

VOA Correspondent Irwin Chifera reported that Shonhe, a senior MDC official, is seen in the alleged video tape trying to manhandle the woman's husband after he caught them.

The unnamed husband made a police report for assault resulting in Shonhe's arrest.

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