The DPRK was responsible for training and arming the notorious fifth brigade “Gukurahundi” which was responsible for the massacre of thousands of civilians
in the Matebeleland and Midlands regions in the early eighties .
were chosen to make the statue of Father Zimbabwe.
than the Koreans.
is good but we are against the idea of contracting the Koreans who were partly responsible for the murdering of people from this region,” he said.
there has been a lot of debate over the issue,” said Thandiwe.
location of Karigamombe (one who takes and fells the bull by its horns) tarnishes all the good work that was put towards this project by a lot of people.
“It has turned this whole event into a mockery and an insult not only to Dr Nkomo’s family but to the whole nation, particularly people of Matabeleland and the former PF ZAPU supporters and all those who believed in what the late Father Zimbabwe stood for,” the family said in a statement.
“The late Dr Joshua Nkomo’s contribution to the course of history of our country as we know it today was immense. He is amongst those people that can easily be distinguished and credited with the independence of our country, the unity and peace that each and every one of us enjoys in this country today.”
The family said the location was not appropriate for Dr Nkomo’s statue.
“For that, we can unequivocally say that this nation owes him this particular honour and many more. However, there are more appropriate locations than this very controversial site.
Our late father was persecuted, humiliated and insulted in his lifetime and there are obviously people who still have a burning desire to continue persecuting him in his afterlife. This is just an additional indignity in the tortured life of our late father and in the painful and awkward history of a people.”
“To those men and women who gathered in all their God given wisdom and came up with the decision to locate the Harare Statue at Karigamombe Centre, we say to them “shame on you all for scheming to turn what should be an honour into a very painful event for a lot of people around the country”.
Dr Nkomo played the “bull” in Zimbabwe‘s early 80s politics while President Robert Mugabe played “ the bull feller”