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Nkomo family on father’s legacy

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The late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo’s daughter, Thandiwe, has urged Zanu PF leaders in Matabeleland to find solutions to the region’s developmental challenges to keep the late nationalist’s dreams alive.

Thandiwe told NewsDay on Sunday her father never neglected the region even after signing the Unity Accord with Zanu PF in 1987.

“The values that we were given by the old man are important. There should be a strong leadership in the region that should be ready to admit whenever something has gone bad in the region. Nkomo may have been in a Unity Accord with Zanu PF but there was never a day when he looked aside when the region had problems. Problems must be pointed out and recognised and be solved,” she said.

Several senior Zanu PF leaders from Matabeleland region have come under attack for suggesting that the marginalisation of Matabeleland region was a myth.

“There may have been instances where people felt mistreated but that can be solved,” she said. She said the nation could have been slow in embracing her father’s legacy but the family was happy with what has been done so far.

“As a family, we are happy to see that this legacy is being carried forward because our father did a lot for this country, he sacrificed a lot. Like everything else in this country it has taken time for the country to understand and embrace this legacy. However this legacy should not be left in the hands of those who fought alongside him but it must be given to young people as well. Young people should take it up,” she said.

“We would be happier if his legacy can be explained to young people so that they understand. Young people should be told why he led that war (liberation war) and why it was important to fight for freedom.”

The late Joshua Nkomo died on 1 July 1999 and was buried at the National Heroes’ Acre.

Meanwhile, about 300 school children have visited the Joshua Nkomo Museum daily since Monday this week and paid tribute to the late nationalist.

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