Joshua Nkomo

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Nkomo, Joshua


Born 1917. Figure in the national liberation movement in Southern Rhodesia.

The son of a peasant, Nkomo studied in Southern Rhodesia and later in the Union of South Africa. Taking correspondence courses, he received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of South Africa at Pretoria. In 1947 he became an employee of Rhodesian Railways. In 1951 he was elected general secretary of the Rhodesian Railways African Employees’ Association.

At the beginning of the 1950’s, Nkomo headed the national liberation movement in Southern Rhodesia. Since 1957 he has been the president of the Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU). Between 1963 and 1974, after ZAPU was outlawed, Nkomo was under arrest. Since September 1975 he has been president of the African National Council. [18–105–1; updated]

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Most controversially, he was in charge of internal security in the mid-1980s when Mugabe deployed a crack North Korean-trained brigade against rebels loyal to his rival Joshua Nkomo.
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Nicknamed "Crocodile" for his ability to inflict terrible injuries, it is claimed he played a major role in slaughtering 20,000 supporters of Mugabe rival Joshua Nkomo in the 1980s.
The school, in the town of Lupane, Zimbabwe, was used by President Robert Mugabe's feared Fifth Brigade - his North Korea-trained death squads - as a detention centre during his Zanu-PF party's power struggle with bitter rival Joshua Nkomo.
The gigantic Joshua Nkomo who must have been the largest ever insurgent/revolutionary in the world, was most visible amongst others as well known.
For instance, the likes of Ndabaningi Sithole, Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo, Abel Muzorewa and Ian Smith are a case in point.
ZANU's military wing, the ZANLA, was headed by Robert Mugabe and represented the Shona tribes while ZAPU and its military wing ZIPRA consisted mainly of Ndebele ethnic groups under Joshua Nkomo.
The fighting ended with a peace deal that made then-opposition leader Joshua Nkomo vice president to Mugabe.