Govt takes over Nkomo memorial lectures

THE government has taken charge of organising the second Joshua Nkomo memorial lecture to be held in Gwanda, Matabeleland South, after the one in South Africa was marred by chaos.

By NQOBANI NDLOVU

The late Dr Joshua Nkomo
The late Dr Joshua Nkomo

The memorial lecture will be held on September 1, the Joshua Nkomo Cultural Foundation (JNCF) announced.

Kwanele Hlabangana, a JNCF trustee, told journalists at a press conference that the government would now be in charge of the second lecture series set for Gwanda, inviting speakers and others to prevent chaos.

“Nkomo embraced everybody and that is why we did not exclude anyone in the inaugural lecture marred by rowdy behaviour,” Hlabangana said.

“As for the Gwanda event, the government is involved and is charge of organising the event in partnership with us.”

JCNF organised the inaugural Joshua Nkomo memorial lecture at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa last month, which saw one of the presenters and war veterans’ leader, Christopher Mutsvangwa being booed.

Mutsvangwa reportedly invited the wrath of the crowd, particularly activists from Matabeleland, when he spoke about his expulsion from the government, blaming a Zanu PF faction, G40, for his troubles.

“The government is the one that is inviting the presenters and others to attend the event,” Hlabangana said.

“There will be law enforcement agents and those that might want to disrupt the event might get arrested.

“Just like at a soccer match or at a wedding, there will always be that one rowdy character that might want to spoil the event, but we believe the government will make the necessary arrangements by ensuring we have law enforcement agents, so that the event runs smoothly.”

Nkomo, who was born on June 7, 1917 and died on July 1, 1999 at the age of 82, would have turned 100 this year and the Gwanda memorial lecture is one of the many events the JNCF has organised in his honour that will run up to June 2018.

Apart from the recently held Kezi centenary celebrations and memorial lecture in South Africa, JNCF has organised a Joshua Nkomo Memorial Youth symposium (August 31), Bulawayo Outreach Awards and the Joshua Nkomo Centenary Football Challenge, whose date is yet to be announced.

The events are sponsored by South Africa-based Zimbabwean businessman, Justice Maphosa who runs Bigtime Time Strategic Group, Tapela Incorporated Development Practitioners and Cradles of Influence Communications.

JNCF was formed in 2014 to “sustain and advance the legacy and vision” of the late Father Zimbabwe.

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5 Comments

  1. Okubuhlungu mfoka nyongola wanqoba bamhlophe wasilethela i hlupheko

  2. LUV MY COUNTRY ZIM

    why involving the government, churches hold conferences and they are run smoothly, why are u proving to us that you cant organize a successful event on your own. obvious some players wont be invited and it wont be a fair ground of sharing ideas the late man had. and you should have said zanu pf has taken it over not government.

  3. Government through security agents wants to stifle free debate during the Nkomo memorial! Let the people of Matebeleland freely express themselves after all we know that their region is marginalized! Nkomo though a national leader was one of them so there is nothing wrong with them booing a disgraced war veteran cum-Zanu Pf politician abusing such a platform for political expediency! If the Zanu Pf government truly honours umdhala wethu let them implement the Zambezi Water Project and bring life to the dying commerce and industry in Bulawayo

  4. well said Charles Max.

  5. This Hlabangana guy is a CIO agent, I know him very well. He is disguising while working as a government spy. Watch out for him.

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