Pindula:Weekly featured article/May 2015, Week 19
A founding and veteran nationalist, Joshua Nkomo is one of the most celebrated political in Zimbabwe's
political history. From his early days at the Rhodesia Railways, Nkomo was very influential which in the worker's union. His political career really took off when he was elected president of the Rhodesia African National Congress in 1952.
Nkomo was the president of many early nationalist political movements and was also the president of Zimbabwe African People's Union (ZAPU) in 1962 before its split in 1962. After having gone separate ways with the like of Robert Mugabe, Nkomo remained heavily involved in nationalism and playing an important role in the liberation of Zimbabwe.
After fighting side by side with the ZANU PF in the liberation of Zimbabwe, the two liberation movements went for Lancaster House Conference Settlement after which Nkomo contested in the 1980 presidential elections which he lost to Robert Mugabe. Although he lost the election, he was into the government as Minister of Home Affairs before landing the post of vice president.
Father Zimbabwe as he was affectionately known by most Zimbabweans, Nkomo remains a towering figure of the country's political landscape. (Full article...)