Joshua Nkomo honoured

BULAWAYO – Sibangilizwe, son to the late vice president Joshua Nkomo, has warned Zimbabweans against promoting divisions along ethnic lines but to rally their energies towards creating a united nation.

He told more than 500 people gathered at Stanley Square in Bulawayo to celebrate the life of the former vice president that Zimbabweans should not engage in tribal or racial war as unity and peace were one of his father’s clarion calls.

The event, which has become an annual tradition every July 1, the day Nkomo died, was organised by Matojeni Cultural Society following wilful neglect from Zanu PF over the years.

The former ruling party has rebuffed calls by the members of the Nkomo family to declare July 1 a national holiday in honour of the veteran nationalist and statesman.

While other political parties chose to stay away, Zanu PF’s Makokoba candidate in the looming elections Tshinga Dube and the late vice president John Nkomo’s son Jabulani attended.

“People from all corners of the country including the leaders and those who think they are leaders are Nkomo’s children.  That’s why he was given the name Father Zimbabwe,” Sibangilizwe said.

“My father was not a discriminator. He believed that Zimbabweans are one despite different languages in their numbers.”

He attributed current ethnic animosity among some Zimbabweans to a divide and rule philosophy championed by those that did not want to see a united, prosperous nation.

“I would like to tell you that there is no hatred amongst us as Zimbabweans. The only problem is the system that we borrowed from other countries.

That system is called divide and rule, which opposes our cultural norms of unity,” he said. Sibangilizwe who has remained stuck with Zapu, the party his father founded, said enemies of a united nation were ever afraid of any political party or a grouping of united political parties.

He said the system which is currently being followed by the current government has caused ethnic tensions amongst Zimbabweans.

“This is why Nkomo always fought against discrimination because he knew that we are one, whether Shona or Ndebele, black or white,” Sibangilizwe added.

He however, appealed for peace during the forthcoming elections.

Comments (5)

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Tshaka Zulu - 2 July 2013

Indeed Joshua Nkomo was Father Zimbabwe who enjoyed genuine, not coerced, support from throughout the country because he was a true nationalist and was above isms. Unfortunatley, the same cannot be said of his many (not all) supporters in Matebeleland who seem to tie the tribal tag around Nkomo because they themselves see things through tribal eyes. Thank you Sibangilizwe for accurately capturing your father's vision and that he is truly Father Zimbabwe. It has always been the leaders who either make or break a nation. If only Zimbabweans would support leaders of Joshua Nkomo's mould, the ethnic tensions we witness in this country from time to time would be minimized.

Petros James - 2 July 2013

if people want to see how good was Umdala wethu they should just have a look at his ZAPU party. Nkomo did not believe in Shona and Ndebele being a different people in Zim. The issue of divide and rule is surely bad if we are to move forward

True Zimbo - 3 July 2013

let continue to inform each other however in the pursuance of informing each other lets us not manufacture the truth, at least we owe to the public (those like you and me who are not within the power-bloc)

Qinisela Possenti Ndlovu - 3 July 2013

let continue to inform each other however in the pursuance of informing each other lets us not manufacture the truth, at least we owe to the public (those like you and me who are not within the power-bloc)

Qinisela Possenti Ndlovu - 3 July 2013

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