The Herald (Harare)

13 February 2013

Zimbabwe: 'Zim Poorer Without Nkomo'

SENATE yesterday continued to pay tribute to the late Vice President John Nkomo as members of the Upper House across the political divide were united in lauding the legacy left by the national hero who

died last month.

Public Works Deputy Minister and non-constituency Senator Guy Georgias described the late VP, interred at the National Heroes Acre, as someone with patience and love for Zimbabwe.

"He was a gentleman. His dedication to patriotic duty is well documented. His love for peace left an indelible mark. He shunned backward and self-serving thinking," said Sen georgias. The Senator noted that Members of the Upper House were unanimous in appreciating the work of the VP, and this was a reflection that he had an appeal to everyone notwithstanding one's political persuasion.

Mzilikazi Senator Matson Hlalo (MDC-T) described the late VP as someone with humility and integrity, the same kind of attributes he said were found on President Mugabe. "These are leaders Africa need. Some of us, if we are to become VPs we will not eat sadza but American gulash or Pizza," said Sen Hlalo drawing applause from the crowd.

Sen Hlalo gave an incident in Bulawayo where VP Nkomo joined them unannounced at a funeral of a relative and later offered him a lift in his Mercedes Benz if he had no transport to go back home.

"How many leaders would do that?" Chivi Senator Josiah Hungwe (Zanu-PF) said Zimbabwe was poorer without VP Nkomo.

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