Tog­a­repi denies de­nounc­ing Pres­i­dent

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bureau

ZANU-PF Sec­re­tary for Youth Af­fairs Cde Pupu­rai Tog­a­repi and party ac­tivist En­ergy Mu­todi say there are peo­ple within the revo­lu­tion­ary party bent on de­stroy­ing it from within by im­ple­ment­ing var­i­ous strate­gies in­clud­ing fab­ri­cat­ing state­ments aimed at at­tack­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

Re­spond­ing to a state­ment that made rounds on so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day al­legedly writ­ten by Cdes Tog­a­repi, Mu­todi, an­other party ac­tivist Fidelis Fengu and one Archi­ford Gu­vuriro call­ing on Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to step down, Cdes Tog­a­repi and Mu­todi said they had noth­ing to do with the state­ment.

They said there were high chances it was au­thored by peo­ple within the revo­lu­tion­ary party who wanted to present Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe as los­ing sup­port.

Cde Tog­a­repi, who is the chair­per­son of the Zim­babwe Lib­er­a­tion War Col­lab­o­ra­tors As­so­ci­a­tion, said while he could not de­ter­mine the au­thor of the doc­u­ment yet, he could not rule out it was done by some peo­ple within the party.

He re­ported the case to the po­lice yes­ter­day un­der case num­ber IR 080306. “Who­ever au­thored that state­ment is ei­ther try­ing to de­stroy my per­son po­lit­i­cally or so­cially,” said Cde Tog­a­repi.

“I don’t know for what rea­son. But I am not as­so­ci­ated with any­thing that in­sults the leadership of my party. I re­spect my Pres­i­dent; I love my Pres­i­dent. I love Cde RG Mu­gabe not be­cause he says ‘sup­port me’, but (be­cause) I am a revo­lu­tion­ary. I be­lieve in what he stands for and I will al­ways sup­port him.

“I re­ally feel there are peo­ple within my party or counter-rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies some­where who have a feel­ing that it is nec­es­sary to fight me, to soil or to bring my name into dis­re­pute.”

Cde Tog­a­repi said he sup­ported Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and Zanu-PF as a mat­ter of prin­ci­ple, and as such, he could not ques­tion the Head of State and Gov­ern­ment and Com­man­der-in-Chief of the Zim­babwe De­fence Forces’ leadership.

He said he was ready to find those be­hind the state­ment with the intention of po­lit­i­cally fight­ing them in de­fend­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe and the revo­lu­tion.

“I know very well within the revo­lu­tion there are counter-rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies. There are char­la­tans who would want to see the Pres­i­dent and those who fol­low him at log­ger­heads.

“Maybe I am their tar­get this time, they want to see my down­fall.

“They want to see my name soiled. I am not only a sup­porter but a dis­ci­ple of Robert Mu­gabe. And as his ap­pointee, I am his apos­tle, if you want. So why would I au­thor some­thing that has no di­rec­tion like that?” queried Cde Tog­a­repi.

Given the chal­lenges that have been hap­pen­ing in the party of late, Cde Tog­a­repi said he was con­vinced that there were peo­ple who wanted to de­stroy Zanu-PF from within.

“I be­lieve they are spon­sored by peo­ple who have un­fin­ished busi­ness with the revo­lu­tion­ary party. Some ac­cept to be used to try and de­stroy Zanu-PF.

“We keep quiet not be­cause we don’t know but we know that within us there are those who are mer­ce­nar­ies, who would want to see Zanu-PF de­stroyed.

“We know that, we hear that, we know those who sur­vive on lies, who lie about the revo­lu­tion­ary party, who lie about the Pres­i­dent. They are there, we know them. Those try­ing to de­stroy Zanu-PF will not suc­ceed. It’s all des­per­a­tion from counter-rev­o­lu­tion­ar­ies.

“But the Ru­bi­con line has not been crossed. When it has been crossed, we will stand up and de­fend the party. We will stand up and de­fend the revo­lu­tion. We will stand up and de­fend the Pres­i­dent,” said Cde Tog­a­repi.

On the other hand, Cde Mu­todi said the state­ment was meant to cre­ate bad blood be­tween them and Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

“I am not in­volved in that state­ment. That is a ne­far­i­ous and mis­chievous state­ment meant to tar­nish my im­age.

“It is orig­i­nat­ing from en­e­mies of the party from within who want to por­tray a pic­ture where it ap­pears as if Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe is los­ing sup­port. But that is far from the truth. Zanu-PF is big­ger than in­di­vid­u­als,” he said.

Ef­forts to get comments from Fengu and Gu­vuriro were fruit­less.

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