The Herald (Harare)

19 January 2013

Zimbabwe: Nkomo Condolences Continue to Pour in

People from all walks of life yesterday continued mourning Vice President John Landa Nkomo who died at St Anne's Hospital on Thursday after a long battle with cancer. Senate deputy president and

former PF Zapu secretary-general Cde Naison Ndlovu described Cde Nkomo as a consistent politician who was pivotal in promoting unity in the country.

In his condolence message to the nation and the Nkomo family, Cde Ndlovu said Zimbabwe had lost a distinguished politician.

"His death is a loss of a great personality in that he showed the way to our youths. He was a persistent and consistent politician and sacrificed his life for the country and the party (Zanu-PF), the country would not be what it is if we did not have people like him," he said.

Cde Ndlovu said Cde Nkomo was instrumental in the recruitment of youths to fight the liberation war.

"He was responsible for the recruitment of youths even when he was in detention at Gonakudzingwa and Whawha prisons. Even when there were divisions like during the (Abel) Muzorewa era, him, together with the late Vice President Simon Muzenda showed great diligence in uniting our parties to fight as one leading to the formation of the Patriotic Front. Even during the negotiations of the Unity Accord (1987) he worked tirelessly so that our two parties unite," he said.

Zanu-PF Harare Province said VP Nkomo worked tirelessly to ensure that Zimbabweans benefited from their natural resources.

"Cde Nkomo worked tirelessly before and after the struggle to see to it that Zimbabweans benefited from their God-given natural resources. During his tenure as National Chairman of Zanu PF Cde Nkomo was instrumental in the formation of solid and effective party structures.

"Cde Nkomo believed in the irreversibility of the Unity Accord signed in 1987, land reform and the indigenisation and empowerment programmes," Harare provincial chairman Ambassador Amos Midzi said.

President of the Zimbabwe National Liberation Supporters Association Cde Collins Chipare said Cde Nkomo was steadfast in his beliefs.

"He was an astute nationalist, politician, revolutionary, unifier and a real man of the people. We will surely miss your hunhu, ubuntu," he said.

MDC spokesperson Mr Nhlanhla Dube commended VP Nkomo's contribution to the well-being of Zimbabwe.

"The MDC values the contribution he made towards the creation of a stable and peaceful political environment in the country as co-chairman of the National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration organ.

"He will be fondly remembered for his role in Zimbabwe's struggle for independence. The sacrifice he made in pursuit of the freedom of all Zimbabweans will without doubt make him impossible to forget," he said.

"We shall also remember him as a dedicated cadre who selflessly served his country in various Government ministries, in the promotion of workers' rights and Parliament after independence. As a party, we are convinced that the pursuit of peace and justice will be the greatest gift we can ever give in honour of John Landa Nkomo."

In a statement the European Union delegation to Zimbabwe said: "The EU delegation wishes to express its condolences to the family and the people of Zimbabwe on the death of Vice President John Landa Nkomo.

"Vice President Nkomo will be remembered as a public servant and political leader who dedicated his life to the independence and development of Zimbabwe. Our thoughts are with you."

National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration co-minister Sekai Holland said the organ had lost a cadre who was instrumental in putting a mechanism, which sought to promote peace and reconciliation.

Zimbabwe Football Warriors' cheerleader Chris "Romario" Musekiwa said the nation had been robbed of an astute leader whose contribution to the country and football was unquestionable.

"His contribution to the country and our football as Zifa patron was profound. We have been left poorer without him," said Musekiwa.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairperson Cde Jabulani Sibanda said Cde Nkomo distinguished himself in various roles in he played.

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