BULAWAYO – Thandiwe Nkomo-Ibrahim, daughter to the late Vice President Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo has lashed out at President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF for using her father’s name to gain political mileage.
She said it was worrying that some elements in Zanu PF continued to manipulate the late Father Zimbabwe’s name for the personal gains.
“A lot has been said about Joshua Nkomo but we are not happy when he is disrespected by people abusing his name,” said Thandiwe during the launch of Nkomo’s autobiography titled “The late and Times of an African Legend” at the National Gallery here on Friday.
The autobiography was written by Nkomo’s nephew, Fortune Senamile Nkomo.
“For the first time we heard that Zanu PF has set aside a whole week to remember him (Joshua Nkomo),” she told the gathering.
“This is what we have always hoped for after a lot had been promised but failing to be honoured. We hope that this will lead to the fulfilment of all Nkomo’s projects.”
Callistus Ndlovu, Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairman told a press conference last week that a number of activities had been lined up running from July 1 up to July 5.
“The event will attract a lot of people from all over the country. All provinces of Zanu PF have been invited to the special event,” he said.
He said the week-long activities include exhibitions, lectures and entertainment by cultural groups.
But Thandiwe bemoaned a number of incomplete projects and unfulfilled promises which were initiated in Nkomo’s name.
“Talk of the street naming after Nkomo, the completion of his statue, the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Airport, the July 1st holiday, Ekusileni Hospital, the Fruit canning factory in Nyamandlovu and the Mwanezi Range,” said Thandiwe.
She said the family was continuously pained at watching Nkomo’s various works going down the drain.
Nkomo died on July 1 in 1999 and was interred at the National Heroes Acre.