Scores of people gathered in Bulawayo on Friday to commemorate the life of the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo, with his son, Sibangilizwe, calling on Zimbabweans to strive for the peace and unity that the veteran politician cherished throughout his life.
Addressing hundreds of people at Makokoba high density suburb’s Stanley Square, Sibangilizwe Nkomo said his father fought for a united Zimbabwe in which people were supposed to live in harmony despite ethnic and political differences.
He said, "Zimbabweans should seek to live in harmony, starting at grassroots level."
Veteran journalist, Saul Gwakuva Ndlovu, who also spoke at the occasion, said it saddens him and other people that knew Nkomo well when some people malign the late nationalist’s name. He said Nkomo was a selfless leader who never sought personal gain throughout his political life.
Some youth who attended the event said they took part in the event as a sign of honour for the late Father Zimbabwe.
One of them only identified herself as Nosipho.,War Veterans’ Minister and Makokoba Member of Parliament, Tshinga Dube, said he was happy to be part of the commemoration.
The commemoration, now an annual event organized by the Joshua Nkomo Cultural Movement, started with a march from the Nkomo family’s Blue Lagoon business complex at the Renkini Bus Terminus and then the central business district before participants converged at Stanley Square.