ZAPU youths demands national holiday in honour of the late Joshua Nkomo

ZAPU youths have demanded the declaration of the 1st of July a public holiday in honour of the late Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo who died on July 1 1999.

ZAPU Youths Maraching in the Street of Bulawayo today.
ZAPU Youths Maraching in the Street of Bulawayo today.

As part of the commemorations to celebrate the life of Umdala Wethu as Nkomo was affection ally known ,the ZAPU Youth Front on Sunday marched in the streets demanding the immediate declaration of the 1st of July as a national holiday in honour of the late vice president.

The youths who were singing and holding banners demanded the completion of all Nkomo projects in Matabeleland among them the Joshua Mqubuko airport and the Joshua Nkomo statue.

"Nkomo's statue is still not finished two years after construction was commissioned .This we take as a serious insult to the people of Matabeleland in particular and Zimbabwe in general," said Mqondisi Moyo, a Zapu Youth Front member who was also one of the organisers of the march.

Moyo said since the death of Nkomo, ZAPU has been constantly begging the government to honour him by declaring the 1st of July a national holiday.

"We are no longer asking anyone to give permission for the 1st of July to be declared a national holiday.Since declarations are not a question to answer and a choice to choose from, we subsequently declare the 1st of July a public holiday in honour of his role in the struggle," said Moyo.

Moyo said that the ZAPU youths are also demanding that the Bulawayo city council should rename Main Street Joshua Mqabuko Street.

The youths also called for the abolishment of the national unity day saying the day has been highly politicised by Zanu (PF).

"We would like to let the nation and the world know that the 22nd December is not a day of national unity but a mere face cover of the insincerity of Zanu (PF). Comparing 222nd December and the 1st of July which one would be significant, the one when our people were forced to into submission or the day the world lost a great leader like Nkomo," asked Moyo.

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