The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: Buka Mourns VP Nkomo

The Minister of State in the office of the late Vice President Landa John Nkomo, Flora Buka, yesterday sent a message of condolence to the Nkomo family following the death of the veteran nationalist last week.

VP Nkomo died last Thursday after battling cancer and was buried at the National Heroes Acre on Monday.

"The Minister of State in the office of the late Vice President Dr Landa John Nkomo Comrade Flora Buka, the permanent secretary and members of staff in that department, wish to express their heartfelt condolences to Your Excellency, our party Zanu-PF, the family of the late Dr Nkomo and the nation at large, on the untimely passing on of a gallant son of Zimbabwe, the late Vice President," Minister Buka said.

She described VP Nkomo as a "fearless and outspoken fighter".

"In the time that we worked and interacted with him, we had come to know him as a fearless and outspoken fighter for the sovereign right, freedom and economic independence of our people in Zimbabwe.

"The late Dr Nkomo will particularly be remembered for his unequivocal call for everlasting peace, unity and development of our country. Indeed he was a voice of the underprivileged who also had a profound passion for the equitable distribution of our nation's wealth and the education of all Zimbabweans."

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Industrial Revolution Workers Federation sent their condolences to President Mugabe.

"Indeed, we in the Labour entity benefited immensely from the labour expertise which was imparted to us by the now late Vice President when he was the then Minster of Labour and Public Services in 1987. He was instrumental in the founding of National Social Security Authority," read their statement.

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