John Nkomo

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John Nkomo
John Landa Nkomo
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BornJohn Landa Nkomo
(1934-08-22) August 22, 1934 (age 85)
Gwai Reserve
DiedJanuary 17, 2013(2013-01-17)
NationalityZimbabwe
EducationManqe Primary School, St Nanian's Primary School, Solusi Mission School
Occupation
  • Vice President.
Years active1958 to 2013
EmployerGovernment of Zimbabwe
Political partyZimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front
Parent(s)Lufele Nkomo and Macitshi Nkomo
RelativesEdna Nkomo, Esther Nkomo, Jester Nkomo, Constance Nkomo, Philip Nkomo, Caleb Nkomo, Jacob Nkomo

John Landa Nkomo (born 22 August 1934) was a Zimbabwe politician, and Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) member who served as Vice President from 2009 to 2013.

Background

He was born on 22 August 1934 in the then Gwaai Reserve (now Tsholotsho) in Matabeleland North Province. He was married to Georgina and the couple has several children.[1] He died on the 17 January 2013. He was the third child in a family of nine, four girls and five boys. Nkomo's mother Macitshi passed on 14 June 2016. She was 112 years when she died.[2]

Education

He did his primary education at Manqe Primary School as well as St Nanian’s Primary School before he went to Solusi Mission for his secondary education. Nkomo completed his Junior Certificate in Bulawayo in 1953 and latter enrolled to train as a teacher in Lower Gweru in 1955.[3]

Political career

Nkomo joined politics as one of the founding members of the African National Congress between 1958 and 1959. He then joined the National Democratic Party (NDP) in 1960 before joining the Joshua Nkomo-led Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) in 1961. He participated in the liberation struggle against the Ian Smith regime. For this, he fell victim of the machinations of the minority rule. Nkomo was arrested and detained at Gonakudzingwa Prison for four years between 1966-68.[4] After his release, he joined the African National Council where he rose through the ranks to become deputy secretary-general in 1971. Six years later he attended the Geneva Conference as part of a ZAPU delegation that was led by the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo in 1976. He was seriously injured in a parcel bomb that killed Jason Ziyapapa Moyo in 1977.

Positions Held

  • Nkomo headed several ministries in his lifetime from independence in 1980, until his untimely death in 2013. He was elected Matabeleland North Member of Parliament between 1980 and 1985.
  • Nkomo also had a ministerial post at the same time serving as Deputy Minister of Industry and Energy in 1981.
  • He was re-elected to parliament following the March 2005 Parliamentary elections. Nkomo also served as Speaker of Parliament in the same year.,[5] a position he was to hold until 2009 when he was elevated.
  • He was then appointed to the Senate in 2008 and was Minister of State in the President's Office in 2009. During the Government of National Unity,
  • he served as Vice-President having been sworn in on the 14th of December of the same year.[6] He was also appointed Minister of State in the President’s Office responsible for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration in the same year.

Calls for Peace

As the country headed for general elections in 2013, Nkomo called for peace and the end of violence. His slogan "Peace begins with me, peace begins with you, peace begins with all of us”[7] earned him praise from the GNU principles, and became the campaigning slogan for both ZANU PF and the Movement for Democratic Change, long after he had died. For this he also earned the title 'Peacemaker'. His call for peace was not only manifest in word but also in his life as he was a good friend of the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.[8]

Recognition

Nkomo had a secondary school named after his name, the John Landa Nkomo Secondary School in Tsholotsho which he helped construct .[9] His sacrifice in the liberation struggle as well as a peace maker earned him the national hero status.[10]

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