Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo

Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo
Published: 22 November 2014 | by Thembani Dube
Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo

Personal Details


Born:​   19th June 1917, Matebeleland

Died:   1st July 1999

Spouse: Johanna Mafuyana

Children:  Thandi

​                 Ernest Thuthani

​                 ​Michael Sibangalizwe

​                  Louise Sehlule

Nationality: Matebele

Education

BA Degree in Social Work, Adams College and Jah H.Hofmer School of Social work, RSA

Politics


Political Parties:  National Democratic Party (NDP), 1960 to 1962

​​​Zimbabwe African Peoples’ Union (Zapu) 1962 to 1999

Detention:   ​Detained by Ian Smith’s Government from 1964 to 1974 (10 years)

Political Seats:     Got 20 seats in 1980 elections that were deemed “rigged”

Attempts on life:   Survived two assassination attempts by Rhodesians and a March 1983 attempt by Zimbabwean Government                                Zimbabwean Government. He was exiled to the UK

Unity Accord:        Settled for a Unity Accord with Zanu PF in 1987 to “stop” the Gukurahundi Genocide

 
Quotable Quotes:


1. “….nothing in my life had prepared me for the persecution at the hands of a government led by                                                                    black Africans”

 
2. “ Mugabe and his Shona henchman have always sought to extermination of the Ndebele”

 
3. “Lookout, lying quietly here in his coffin, fought to the last minute of his life for justice. It is his commitment to fair play that earned him his incarceration. Some of you are tempted to give away                                                  your principles in order to conform.”

 
4. “ No country can live by slogans pasi (down with) this and pasi that. When you are ruling you should never say pasi to anyone"                                                     

 

 


- uMR

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