Youths demand public holiday to honour Nkomo

Political parties and civil organisations in Bulawayo have come out in full force in support of ZAPU’s call for the declaration of a public holiday on July 1 in honour of the late Joshua Nkomo, who died on that day in 1999.

As part of the commemo-rations to celebrate the life of “UmdalaWethu”, as Nkomo was affectionately known ,the ZAPU Youth Front on Sunday marched in the streets of Bulawayo.

Edwin Ndlovu, the Bulawayo province spokesperson of the MDC led by Welshman Ncube, said his party fully support the idea.

“UbabaNkomo was the most celebrated freedom fighter, unifier and nationalist of his time. He really deserves that honour,” said Ndlovu, adding that national unity day on December 22 should be abolished as it is no longer relevant and has been highly politicised.

Effie Ncube, Director of the Matabeleland Constitutional Reform Agenda, agreed.

“Instead of the unity day, I think we need a human rights and democracy day where the nation takes stock of its adherence to democratic values such as freedom of expression,” he said.

The youths also demanded the completion of all Nkomo projects in Matabeleland – among them the Joshua Mqubuko airport and the Joshua Nkomo statue. MqondisiMoyo, a ZAPU Youth Front Member, said: “The statue is still not finished two years after construction was commissioned.This is a serious insult to the people of Matabeleland and the country,” said Moyo.

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