Mugabe boots out top VP ally

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has all but endorsed the vote of no confidence that was recently passed against Zanu PF youth league boss Pupurai Togarepi by his executive, after the nonagenarian allowed him to be kicked out of Wednesday’s politburo meeting in Harare.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News on Sunday that Mugabe’s aides had told Togarepi bluntly that he could not attend the meeting or continue to be a politburo member, until his suspension from the youth league was mediated and finalised by the party’s national disciplinary committee (NDC).

“Togarepi appeared to have been taken by surprise, as he genuinely believed that the president would save him. But it was not to be, and was subsequently booted out of the meeting,” one of the sources said.

This was corroborated by a party official linked to Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks who go by the moniker Generation 40 (G40) — who are rabidly opposed to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.

“Togarepi had to leave soon after His Excellency’s arrival because the president’s security told him that he was not welcome. It was an embarrassing scene as he had to leave immediately and he was close to tears because he never anticipated it.

“Remember that Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa faction) has been blocking the NDC from handling the case as they wanted the president to use his discretion to save Togarepi as an appointee by the president. Lacoste were thoroughly shocked by the decision,” the second source said.

Pupurai Togarepi

Togarepi was booted from the youth league by his colleagues last March, together with his secretary for administration Lewis Mathuthu and committee member Sibongile Sibanda — all alleged staunch allies of Mnangagwa.

He had until now remained defiant, saying his suspension was a nullity, and that only Mugabe, who appointed him to the post of youth league leader, had the authority to fire him — as Zanu PF’s deadly factional and succession wars continue to escalate.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Togarepi — while confirming that he had left last week’s politburo meeting prematurely — denied that he had been ordered to leave.

“I left early because I had other issues to attend to. Do not listen to what your sources are telling you because they have their own agenda.

“Nothing of that sort happened,” he said, while refusing to shed light on how long he lasted in the meeting.

“Do I have to explain that to you? What do you want to know? Is that a question you would ask all politburo members? I will not respond to that,” he said angrily, referring further questions to Zanu PF national spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo.

But Khaya Moyo referred all questions on the matter to secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo, saying he was not in the politburo when Mugabe arrived at the meeting — as he was attending to some other business.

Chombo’s mobile number was not reachable until the Daily News on Sunday went to Press last night.

However, a youth league national executive member asserted that Togarepi was a “Team Lacoste kingpin”, adding that he had got his “comeuppance”.

“The reason why he (Togarepi) had the guts to attend Wednesday’s meeting after he had boycotted the previous one was that his faction had told him that the NDC, which they accuse of bias, would not be handling his case because he was appointed by the president.

“But now his case is closed, and he will not be taking part in any youth league events, including the forthcoming million-man march,” the official said.

A confident Togarepi told the Daily News on Sunday’s sister paper, the Daily News, soon after the youth league’s decision to pass a vote of no confidence against him, that he would stay put, saying only Mugabe could fire him.

“I serve at the pleasure of the president and I will only listen to what he directs me to do. In the meantime, I am actually at work, in the office at the party headquarters,” he said then.

Announcing the vote of no confidence, Togarepi’s deputy Kudzanai Chipanga said his boss had resigned from his post after realising that he was “not equal to the task” of leading party youths.

Chipanga also claimed that Togarepi had, in addition, recused himself from chairing the meeting that resolved to elbow him out of the party.

“He diplomatically resigned after he had acknowledged that he felt that he was feeling guilty that he failed the youth league and we found it prudent to pass a vote of no confidence against him,” Chipanga said.

“We are not going to tolerate anyone who indulges in factional politics and indiscipline in the party. We respect everyone in the party but when it comes to support, we only support one person that is the president.

“There are some people who want to tamper with the youth league and the women’s league but we resolved in 2014 that we have one centre of power, whose wings are the two leagues.

“So, whoever wants to tamper with those wings will be viewed as attempting to tamper with the centre of power which we are not going to allow,” Chipanga added.

Comments (15)


Benito - 8 May 2016

" I serve at the pleaure of the president .... I accept getting kicked in the ass at the pleasure of the president". A slogan of the foolish. You people, when are you going to wake up to being used by Mugabe ? Bootlicking this moribund caricature called Mugabe will not help you in anyway. Be yourselves and know what you deserve as Zimbabweans.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 8 May 2016

Chipanga is unashamedly honest. Only Mugabe's word counts in Zanu.

Yeoman - 8 May 2016

good riddance

truth - 9 May 2016

If the million fools march fails, Togs will have the last laugh....

Sagitarr - 9 May 2016

The best stategy for you togapi is to remain in zanu pf work inside to pull down just like jona is doing. I like jona for that be genius in your stategy.

togarepi - 9 May 2016

If this is a democracy as Mugabe claims it to be then he has to realize that individuals have a right to voice their opinion and criticize or condemn others within Government? Targeting individuals who are not specifically aligned to certain factions, calling them traitors and disloyal is both unfair and unconstitutional and something that is splitting this nation apart and likely to have extremely serious consequences. For how much longer are we all going to tolerate this oppression something far worse than what we witnessed even under Colonial rule? Mugabe has to go.

Mbewa - 9 May 2016

is this boy a yout? i see the pic and the lad seem old enough to be an adult; a grandpa! let him get the boot because he is not a yut mhani! our politics must move away from such instituitions like youth league, politburo and all such soviet socialist settings. we need politiks that enshrine international standards & practices and observe democracy & human rights. so all along rhobhati could not see that togarepi is not a yut?

SaManyika Chaiye - 9 May 2016

This is the age of the ZANU yut. To Matibili Togarepi is a yut.

Lee - 9 May 2016

yeah with rhobhati @92; togarepi can be a yut!! but no mhani he cant be a yut lest everyone becomes fetuses or day-olds. haikona nezanu!

SaManyika Chaiye - 9 May 2016

@samanyika,@lee,pliz desist from commenting on zanu issue if yu dont understand,togarepi was not a youth member of zanu pf but a politiburo member in charge of youths the same way a secretary of mines does not have to be a miner,how dull are yu

truth - 9 May 2016

@truth; there is nothing to understand in a party that still run soviet style instituitions that have failed in their own kantries of origin! even if togarepi was responsible for brainwashing the yutz, at least a younger representative/brainwasher wuld be beta than him. yu still talk of politburo, 16 yrs into the millenium my frend. whatz that? a coucus grouping where yu plot no confidence votz, abductions & murders of rivals within and across other parties??! who doesn't know zanu murderous shenanigans & debauchery boy?

SaManyika Chaiye - 10 May 2016

kick dem all out of de party icluding ur house wife at de end we will deal with it`s a good ideal keep it up kick out all ur frenz it will be eazy forus to finish u

chipanga - 10 May 2016

i think youth affairs should be left to the youth not the way it is being done

ghetto general - 10 May 2016

I serve at the pleasure of the president...this is foolishness of the highest. They then want to export these dame daft rules they play by in their vampire club to government. Zimbabweans are not subjects but citizens and all are equal under the law. In Zanu Bob as fallible as he is, he is the law and these morons are happy to follow such & wonder why the country is in this state.

Galore 123 - 11 May 2016

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