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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Zimbabwean high commissioner Mukonoweshuro noted that relations between the Botswana and Zimbabwe predated Zimbabwean independence noted that during the liberation struggle, many freedom fighters including the late Joshua Nkomo were either exiled in Botswana or transited through the country.
class="MsoNormalMtukudzi was born on September 22, 1952 in the Harare (then called Salisbury) township of Highfield, the cradle of Zimbabwean nationalism and home to Robert Mugabe, Joshua Nkomo and other liberation heroes.
Most controversially, Mnangagwa was in charge of internal security in the mid-1980s when Mugabe deployed a North Korean-trained brigade against rebels loyal to his rival Joshua Nkomo.
Construction of Joshua Nkomo Express Highway (Airport Road)s Phase 2-Dieppe roundabout to the CBD.
1980 - Guerrilla leader Joshua Nkomo returns to Rhodesia.
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.
Prime among these was Joshua Nkomo, later described as 'father Zimbabwe' despite wearing the 'sell-out and dissident' tag in the 1980s (Ndlovu-Gatsheni 2009).
Despite its moderacy, the organization was banned within three years, and was immediately succeeded by the National Democratic Party (NDP.) The group was more radical in calling for self-rule, and was led by iconic Ndebele leader Joshua Nkomo. Although NDP was short-lived, it set in place the controversies that would lead to the eventual split of the nationalist movements.
Capernaum and Joshua Nkomo Scholarships: HLF provides comprehensive educational support in the form of school fees, uniforms and school materials to orphaned and vulnerable children (OVCs) in need and highly talented students.
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.