Chairperson’s statement of invitation,
COMEMORATION of the late Father Zimbabwe
DR Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo
During the period 1917 – 1999 live in our country (Zimbabwe) an icon and champion of freedom Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo who was born on the 19th June 1917 and passed on on 01st july 1999. A man of elderly wisdom and character, a tactician of both forms of struggle violent and non violent. The brain behind the downfall of Ian Smith and the dismantling of the colonial settler regime this giant figure was a unifier and father of our nation in the true sense of the word.
Father Zimbabwe: Joshua Nkomo
Born of humble parentage, Nkomo through a visionary determination saw his career begin as a school teacher, railway clerk, trade union leader and eventually leader of the African National Congress in 1957 which was banned in 1959 by the then Prime minister Edgar Whitehead.
This was yet another phase in a long and difficult road in the campaign against inequality and injustice, for peace, democracy, freedom and independence. He led the NDP. This party and was terminated with a banning order by the minority settler regime. Nkomo was then elected to lead newly formed ZAPU which the regime tried to finish the same way they had the NDP.
Yet another movement, the PCC was formed on the 10th August, 1963 at the Cold Comfort farm congress when a resolution was passed that the PCC represented ZAPU and that the ZAPU name would remain as the sole guardian of the people’s aspiration towards freedom whether in legal or illegal circumstances.
After this event Nkomo was arrested and spent 11 years in Gonakudzingwa detention camp. In this period JZ Moyo was sent to form an lead the military wing of the party in exile.
As per his directive, Jasson Ziyaphapha Moyo formed ZIPRA and became its Supreme Commander. After the death of JZ on the 22nd January 1977, Joshua Nkomo became the Supreme Commander a position he held until the cease fire and ensuring that all Zipra forces had reported at the assembly points while the current president Dr Dumiso Dabengwa who was till then head of the National Security Organisation (NSO) ( Intelligence) took over as Zipra’s Military Supremo.
On behalf of the organisers of the event, I wish to invite not only Zimbabweans from different back grounds and lovers of peace freedom and justice and all the ideals that the late Joshua Nkomo stood for and represented to commemorate Nkomo’s death:
SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF THE SOIL COME AND CELEBRATE TOGETHER THE LIFE OF A LEGENDARY ICON.
As I write preparations for the event are at an advanced stage. The line up of events will be filled with entertainment, a combination of music, drama and poet as well as those liberation songs that the late Nkomo liked. There will be speaker after speaker by those who worked closely with him and knew him intimately.
Some will give a chronology of his life while others will dwell on specifics of all the different stages of his involvement with the struggle. i.e. early years, as a trade union activist, as leader of the ANC, NDP, ZAPU, the PCC and ANC Zimbabwe, the years in Gonakudzingwa, his negotiation skills and his role during the Geneva conference. Themes should clearly appear of Nkomo as a unifier of the nation, Supreme Commander of ZIPRA and his contribution in trying to build peace in the country after independence.
Surely this can not be missed especially by the younger generation as we all know the leadership of the country have falsified history so much that our youth do not know the truth of what happened during the struggle.
The Venue of the commemoration is;
ST JOHN’S CHURCH HALL
ST. JOHN’S LANE
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
TIME: 1300HOURS – 2100HOURS
DATE: 6TH JULY, 2013
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT :
WASHINGTON SIBANDA - 07770475172
MLAMULI NKOMO – 07795177622
ALPHAS NDLOVU – 07828122996
As you travel to Newcastle on the day, remember that at the AU Golden Jubilee in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa last month (May 2013), the organisation honoured among others two Zimbabweans; the late Joshua Nkomo and Herbert Chitepo for their role and contribution in the struggle for the liberation of the continent.
The man was of unparalleled selflessness that had he taken leadership of the country in 1980, Zimbabwe would be far away by now.
Meet you in Newcastle.
(ZAPU EUROPE CHAIRPERSON)