Tog­a­repi ac­cepts Pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Harare Bu­reau

FOR­MER Zanu-PF Sec­re­tary for Youth Af­fairs Cde Pupu­rai Tog­a­repi says he re­spects Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s de­ci­sion to re­place him with his for­mer deputy, Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga.

Zanu-PF First Sec­re­tary Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe con­firmed Cde Chipanga as sub­stan­tive youth league sec­re­tary dur­ing the Youth League’s Na­tional Assem­bly meet­ing in Harare on Satur­day.

Cde Chipanga had been act­ing since the sus­pen­sion of Cde Tog­a­repi in March this year. Cde Tog­a­repi, who is also chair­per­son of the Zim­babwe Na­tional Lib­er­a­tion War Col­lab­o­ra­tors As­so­ci­a­tion (Zili­waco), said he had no hard feel­ings about the Pres­i­dent’s de­ci­sion, as he took a swipe at the pri­vate me­dia for pur­vey­ing lies about his re­ac­tion.

“I ac­cept the de­ci­sion by the Pres­i­dent with all my heart,” he said while ad­dress­ing the press in Harare on Mon­day.

“I con­grat­u­late Cde Kudzanayi Chipanga and I am very con­fi­dent he will lead our youth for­ward suc­cess­fully. I am, how­ever, wor­ried about these dis­tor­tions in the me­dia. There is noth­ing amiss re­gard­ing pro­ce­dures fol­lowed by the Pres­i­dent as it is his pre­rog­a­tive to ap­point Polit­buro mem­bers.

“I am wor­ried by jour­nal­ists who de­cide to cre­ate news in­stead of sourc­ing news. A case in point be­ing an ar­ti­cle in News­Day where the reporter lied that I con­tended that my re­moval was not pro­ce­dural de­spite that I told the reporter that the Pres­i­dent was the only ap­point­ing au­thor­ity and it is his right to change his team.

“There was yet an­other story in the Daily News on Sun­day where de­spite re­fut­ing that my re­moval was associated with the re­moval of Mon­ica Mutsvangwa, the pa­per re­peats the story at every turn. I don’t un­der­stand what the mo­tive is, but I strongly sus­pect an un­der­hand.”

Cde Tog­a­repi said he would re­main loyal to Zanu-PF and Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe ex­press­ing his grat­i­tude for be­ing ac­corded the priv­i­lege to serve un­der his lead­er­ship.

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