By Fungi Kwaramba
Zanu PF politburo member Pupurayi Togarepi has warned senior Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) officials to stop forthwith their diatribe against President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace.
In an unsolicited interview Togarepi, who is the chairperson of the ruling party’s youth league, said he felt obliged to respond on behalf of Zanu PF after ZPF secretary for mobilisation Dzikamai Mavhaire described Mugabe as an “ancestor”.
Speaking at the Joice Mujuru rally that was held in Harare last week, Mavhaire said Mugabe has lost touch with reality because of his advanced age.
But Togarepi leapt to his boss’ defence saying that in 2013, Zimbabweans voted for Mugabe, 92, notwithstanding his advanced age.
“Mavhaire should just shut up. He, just like everyone in that so-called People First party are failed politicians who have nothing to offer to Zimbabweans. I come from Masvingo and I know him as a failed politician,” Togarepi said.
ZPF is packed with former Zanu PF top guns, who, led by Mujuru, are now aiming at challenging Mugabe come 2018 elections.
Then, Mugabe will be 94, and his opponents like Mavhaire are of the view that the nonagenarian has nothing to offer to long-suffering Zimbabweans.
At the rally that was held in Harare last week, Mavhaire reminded the gathering that long before his public disillusionment with Mugabe’s policies became widespread, he announced that the Zanu PF leader was a liability and had to go but no one took him seriously.
But Togarepi said his erstwhile comrades in ZPF are “lost souls” that have no policies to offer to the country but throwing salvos at Mugabe, the man he claimed was destined to rule forever.
“Those people left Zanu PF because they were told to leave. They would not have left on their own and now they are making unnecessary noise. They should not assume that they are clean when they are not. We are going to expose them if they don’t stop making noise,” he said.
Togarepi said Mujuru and her partners are “political midgets” who would never bring anything meaningful to the table, let alone sound policies “to match those championed by our president.”
“I worked with them for a long time and they are all empty vessels. The thing respectable for them is just to shut up or we will expose them more,” Togarepi said. Daily News