The sex tape of a popular Zimbabwean politician who is a fierce critic of President Robert Mugabe’s government has been leaked online.
Acie Lumumba, a former Zanu-PF youth leader said the tape was seized by police during a recent search of his house, adding that the search was conducted without a warrant.
Pictures from the video, which is widely being seen as punishment for Lumumba’s criticism of the ruling party, were published on the front of H-Metro, which is part of the state-controlled newspapers.
In a post on his Facebook page, Lumumba wrote: “When I left Zanu-PF and spoke out, I knew that the less intelligent members of the party will come after me trying to silence me. I was ready.”
“But my family and others whose lives will be affected by the release made no such choice. I am truly sorry that your private lives will now be disclosed.”
He continued: “Those who think that a disclosure of my naked body will distract the people of Zimbabwe from their every day troubles are due for a rude awakening…”
“If you think that the disclosure of these recordings will silence me – guess again. It will make my audience wider and me more fierce.”
“Today people will discuss my sex life but tomorrow they will again discuss the fact that they have no money, no electricity, no food and no hope.”
Reacting to the controversy, Trevor Ncube, Publisher at Zimbabwe’s Alpha Media Holdings and South Africa’s Mail and Guardian in a tweet said: “When you see ZANU PF using sex tapes against its critics you know they have hit panic stations #Lumumba.”
“This is how they silence us and we must not allow it.”