Tendai Rupapa Senior Reporter
Zanu-PF Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Pupurai Togarepi has called for unity among members of the Youth League in line with calls made by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during his inauguration speech last week.
Cde Togarepi bounced back as the Youth League boss after the party’s Central Committee resolved two weeks ago that all party members who were either expelled or suspended after the 2014 Congress be reinstated to their previous positions.
Cde Togarepi made the remarks while chairing the Youth League national executive meeting at the party’s headquarters in Harare yesterday.
He said the party would rehabilitate youths that had been led astray by the G40 group, adding that they were no longer expelling members.
“All members of the Youth League are important to the party, and the leadership of the party said let bygones be bygones, hence there is no reason to continue expelling our members from the party,” Cde Togarepi said.
“Nobody is going to be expelled, people make mistakes, but as a party, we are going to rehabilitate them and help them to understand the direction of the party.”
The youths also pledged support for President Mnanga- gwa.
“We want to reaffirm our position as the Youth League that we are fully behind our President Cde Mnangagwa,” said Cde Togarepi. “We are doing our resolutions that we are going to present in support of our leader.”
Cde Togarepi said people who had been suspended by the G40 cabal would be reinstated to their previous positions.
“We had people who had been expelled from the party,” he said. “The Central Committee set a resolution that those people be re-admitted, and we have done that, and they are now functioning. And chairpersons are ready to go and work for the party.”
The Youth League also apologised to the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and the war veterans for statements and remarks made by its former leader, Kudzanai Chipanga.
“The denigration of our defence forces was uncalled for and we are very apologetic to the leadership of the force,” said Cde Togarepi. “Some of our members had the audacity to denigrate people who give us security in the country; it is very embarrassing and we apologise as the Youth League.
“We also want to apologise to the war veterans who were once insulted by members of the Youth League. War veterans liberated this country and for that we should respect them.”
Cde Togarepi further apologised to musician Jah Prayzah, who was assaulted at a funeral by youths suspected to have been aligned to G40.