John Nkomo remembered

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The issue become more contentious after position fell vacant after the death of VP John Nkomo in January last year.

TSHOLOTSHO — Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo has hailed the late Vice-President John Landa Nkomo, saying he deserved to be part of the presidium because he worked hard for the position.

Report by Nduduzo Tshuma

Speaking at the consolation of Gogo MaDube, mother of the late Vice-President in Tsholotsho on Saturday, Khaya Moyo said people needed to look at their background before claiming power.

He was representing Vice-President Joice Mujuru who was meant to be guest of honour at the event.

“These things are worked for, you do not just come up and say I want to lead, it is like finding people skinning an animal and you demand to have the liver,” Khaya Moyo said.

“You have to check your background first before laying claim to power.”

There are reports of jostling by former PF Zapu members to succeed Nkomo.

A number of senior party members are reportedly eyeing the post.

Meanwhile, in her message Mujuru urged Gogo MaDube and the Nkomo family to “take solace from the knowledge that their son’s existence impacted on so many lives not only through the country’s struggle for independence, but also through the various roles and responsibilities he carried right through to his death.”

“We all must pluck a leaf from his life to live more meaningful and purposeful lives,” she said.

“It is written in the Bible that to every life is a purpose.
“The onus is now on us who are living to follow in the steps of giants like Vice-President John Nkomo and pursue the purposes God ordained for our lives for the betterment of our families, communities and the nation at large.”

Nkomo succumbed to cancer in January.

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