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Vol 51 No 15

Published 23rd July 2010


Zimbabwe

Restless spirits

The Ndebele can't agree on a living leader and many still take their inspiration from the late Joshua Nkomo

Sibangilizwe Nkomo, the sole surviving son of Joshua Nkomo (1917-99), is campaigning to exhume his father's remains from the 'foreign' soil of Heroes' Acre in Harare and transfer them to the Matopos Hills near Bulawayo, sacred to the Ndebele people. Sibangilizwe believes that his father's spirit is unhappy at having to accompany a lot of upstarts from the Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) whom he never trusted in life. In his final years, as Robert Mugabe's Vice-President (and owner of several rich farms), Joshua was deeply upset at what the President was doing to the country.

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