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Zanu-PF hijacks Joshua Nkomo Day plans

by Staff reporter
14 Jun 2013 at 05:12hrs | Views
Zanu-PF has hijacked plans by the late vice-president Joshua Nkomo's family and other organisations in Matabeleland to declare July 1 a Joshua Nkomo and Liberators' Day in honour of the late veteran nationalist's immense contribution towards nation-building.

The son of the late vice-president, Sibangilizwe Nkomo, has been at the forefront of pushing government to declare July 1 a national holiday from this year onwards, as the country marks the 14th commemoration of Nkomo's death.

Nkomo died on July 1, 1999 after a long battle with cancer.

This year's commemorations will be held at Stanely Square in Bulawayo's sprawling suburb of Makokoba, where several liberation icons and civil rights activists lived prior to Independence.

As part of the commemorations, there will be a march from Nkomo's retail outlet Blue Lagoon to Stanley Square.

The family's idea has now been appropriated by Zanu-PF bigwigs in Matabeleland who allegedly want to gain political mileage before the forthcoming elections.

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