Nkomo was the leader of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) before the party joined with President Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) to form ZANU PF in 1987.
“The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) journalism department in conjunction with the Daily News and the foundation of Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Foundation (JMNF) will on Friday host it’s memorial lecture series to celebrate the late Vice President’s social and economic ideals,” the paper said.
“The public event will be addressed by leading academics including Mandela Institute of Development Studies director Nkosana Moyo, Sabelo Gatsheni Ndlovu and Joshua Nyoni, will also the re-launch of Nkomo’s book ‘The Story of My Life.”
The NUST journalism department mooted the idea of hosting annual lectures of Joshua Nkomo legacy in 2003 but the lectures were put on hold in some years due to lack of funding until this year when the ANZ jumped in to sponsor the lecture.
“With the help of the ANZ, the Daily News came in as a sponsor,” the paper said.
“The lecture series would not be a political event but a platform for robust and intellectual exchange of ideas on the economic, political, social and technological principles.”
The paper said the late Nkomo was ‘popular for his simple gospel of non-racial, tribal society and equal opportunities for all, including the distribution of land and other resources.’
The Daily News is currently serializing Nkomo’s “The Story of My Life” in the paper. In Wednesday’s issue, the paper had excerpts of how Nkomo escaped from Zimbabwe during the mass murders in Matebeleland that left thousands dead in the 1980’s after security forces as directed by then Prime Minister Mugabe were out to eliminate him.
“Robert Mugabe had decided to have me out of the way and he evidently did not care what method was used. But I hold the government of Zimbabwe innocent of this atrocity,” Nkomo says in his books published by the Daily News.
“It was maFuyana, my wife, who determined what I was to do. “It appears to me that your friends have gone out of their minds. Now that they have come straight to kill you, you have got to leave.”
Nkomo also dismisses allegations that he fled to Botswana disguised like an old woman. “That clown (late) Herbert Ushewokunze, the minister of home affairs, told newspapers I had “escaped” disguised as an old woman….Anyway I did not escape, I decided to leave and I left.”