More tributes pour in for John Nkomo

HARARE - Tributes for the late Vice President John Landa Nkomo, who succumbed to cancer on Thursday, continued to flood in yesterday, with many describing him as a “true national leader.”

Opposition leader Simba Makoni said he learnt with shock and sadness of the death of Nkomo.

“We followed closely his illness, and all the time prayed, wished and hoped that he would heal and come back to living his normal life,” Makoni said.

“On behalf of the National Management Committee and all members of Mavambo/Kusile, Dawn (MKD), Mrs Makoni and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the Nkomo family, to the whole nation of Zimbabwe and to Zanu PF; on the sad and untimely death of Vice President John Landa Nkomo. We join the nation in mourning a true national leader.”

Makoni said Nkomo’s contribution to the liberation of Zimbabwe and its development after independence was immeasurable.

“Zimbabwe has been robbed of a mature, true national leader, with unwavering dedication to his country,” Makoni said.

The Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (Zuj) also joined the government of Zimbabwe and the nation in mourning the death of veteran nationalist and freedom fighter.

“The late VP made valuable contributions in fostering unity and tolerance among Zimbabweans, a trait that he will always be identified with,” Zuj secretary-general Foster Dongozi said.

“The late VP was accessible to the media, a quality which was cherished by many in the industry.”

Obadiah Thembani Moyo, interim president of National Council of Disabled Persons of Zimbabwe said the disability movement in Zimbabwe has lost a great friend, advocate and supporter.

“VP Nkomo was instrumental in the enactment of the Disabled Persons Act of 1992, when he was minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare,” Moyo said.   

“In the last few years of his life VP Nkomo has been calling for the amendment of the Disabled Persons Act to be in tandem with the current situation and demands of persons living with various forms of disabilities.”

Due to his down to earth character — easily approachable at all times — the group said it presented to him with ease, various concerns and issues affecting persons with disabilities in our various communities.

“As we mourn the passing away of VP Nkomo, we also celebrate his role in promoting inclusive living for all persons, including persons with disabilities,” Moyo said.

 “The best way to live the legacy of VP Nkomo is for the government to repeal the Disabled Persons Act and align it with best practice the disability movement.” - Staff Writer

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