Mugabe fitter than 50-yr-olds: Togarepi

HARARE - Former Zanu PF youth league boss and the leader of war collaborators Pupurayi Togarepi has thrown lavish praises on President Robert Mugabe, who turns 93 next week, claiming that the nonagenarian is actually fitter than most 50-year-olds.

In a wide ranging interview with the Daily News, Togarepi also rejected suggestions that he is a member of the Team Lacoste faction that is presumptively led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Asked how Mugabe who is facing increased pressure from both his party and opposition to unveil a succession plan — can revive the economy that critics say he singlehandedly destroyed — Togarepi said the 92-year-old has the capacity to take Zimbabwe forward.

“The president has the capacity and any delays in government there are reasons, he is one of the strongest people I have seen.., he can run faster than me. As far as we are concerned the choice is his but as cadres we are firmly behind him.”

With some war collaborators now publicly stating their anger at the failure by government to pay their monthly allowances as provided in the Constitution, Togarepi urged for calm saying when people went to war they did not do so for material reasons.

“... I am concerned we don’t want to go to the extent of dumping the revolution, we can’t help ourselves but there should be calm and discipline, we are fully behind Zanu PF and its leader as war collaborators and we will continue ...,” said Togarepi.

Recently, a group of dissatisfied war collaborators indicated that they would not vote Zanu PF in 2018 as the ruling party has failed to honour its obligations, however, seemingly currying favour with the establishment, Togarepi urged his followers to give government time considering that the economy is crumbling.

“We did not go to war to be rich but we would like to call upon government to fulfil its promises because we are not getting younger ...,” said Togarepi, who was kicked out from Zanu PF last year on hazy allegations and claimed that although he is on the sidelines he is not bitter.

Togarepi’s successor Kudzanai Chipanga recently torched a storm when he said Mugabe should be succeeded by his wife Grace, and also threatened to take up arms if the youths’ aspirations were not fulfilled, but the soft spoken war collaborators’ leader said democracy should be used when the question on who will succeed Mugabe arises.

“...of course the youths are excitable and can do so many things but I believe that energy should be channelled elsewhere. We fought during the liberation struggle but now we will use democracy to put people in power not arms,” said Togarepi.

Comments (6)

There are times that reporters should challenge anyone telling an obvious lie like this one by Pupurayi. First of all, where did he ever see Mugabe run? What capacity does he have when he can no longer control a shovel, He has fallen many times of late, and has read the wrong speeches a couple of times. When people like Pupurayi makes these self-serving ass-licking claims, the nation should reject them in the strongest of terms. You can make a political arguement about policy or ideology but you can not simply make up facts and present it as truth. How much time does any gevernment need? The man has been president for 37 years! what else can he do to change things? What has Mugabe said in 2017 that shows any inclination that he still is in control? Nothing other than flying to and fro Zimbabwe all the while the country is burning and rotting. And all these goons do is praise worship him. We are much better than this. People need to learn that we as a country are going to have to take this regime head on, including any propagandist who is bend on misinformation and lies

gudo - 13 February 2017

The problem na wana Pupurayi ndeyekuti Power has completely corrupted them: 1 .Wanoita zwawanoda 2. Wanotaura zwa wanoda. 3. Wanoyepa pamadiro 4. Wanoziwa kuti hapana achati pwee.

Sekuru Ndoronga - 13 February 2017

The man is known to pee and shit in his pants. Are we talking about the same Mugabe?

Daddy va Natsie - 13 February 2017

Togarepi is mocking mugabe by what he is saying. Only an idiot will fee good with such satatements and they know mugabe is now an imbecile who is happy to hear anyone praising him. a normal person would refuse comments which even a 2yr old would not believe. Politicians be serious and talk about solutions to our problems. WHEN THIEVES HAVE JOINED POLITICS WHAT DO YOU EXPECT....HAHAHAHA

mc solomon - 14 February 2017

RGM is not fit. He is not fit a all unless Togarepi pupurai is of unsound mind. RGM fell and confirms that he always fall even at home. RGM is controlled by his wife being told to stop even whe he still feels he has something to say. Pupurai is of unstable mind. A man of 25 years is never as fit as a 50 year old. A man of 50 years can never be compared to a 93 year old. What Pupurai is confessing is that all people in Zimbabwe because of the misrule of RGM, every one is so sick and hungry that a old man of 93 is stronger than the 50 year olds of ZIMBABWE> That is a real direct confirmation of the evil rule of RGM that it opposes nature.

amina - 14 February 2017

Zanu yazara vanhu vakaora njere to the extend that they think munhu ane 93 years is the most suitable candidate to lead the nation. Thats why 15 billion yakashaikwa, apa army yairinda ma diamonds edu, mari yoshaikwa. Mari iyoyo ichashanda 2018 ichi financer violence. This country is in big trouble

Nyatsimba Mutota - 14 February 2017

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