President to unveil statue

jmBulawayo Bureau
THE official unveiling by President Mugabe of the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo’s statue in Bulawayo on December 22 will be an important event in Zimbabwe’s history of Zimbabwe which demonstrates that the 1987 Unity Accord is irreversible, Senior Minister of State Simon Khaya Moyo has said.

Minister Khaya Moyo, who was guest of honour at a Zanu-PF fundraising dinner in Bulawayo on Saturday, told The Chronicle that this year’s Unity Day would be celebrated in style in the City of Kings .

“It is no longer a rumour that the late VP Nkomo’s statue will be officially unveiled on 22 December by none other than President Mugabe,” said Minister Khaya Moyo, who is also Zanu-PF National Chairman.

“He will also commission the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo International Airport and the renaming of Main Street into Joshua Nkomo Street. This will be done in honour of the great man.”

He said the ministers of Home Affairs, Transport and Local Government – respectively Kembo Mohadi, Dr Obert Mpofu and Dr Ignatius Chombo – were working flat out to ensure all logistics were in place for the day.

“It is important that we remain united as a nation and that is why President Mugabe has undertaken to commission these projects to show that the Unity Accord is irreversible,” Minister Khaya Moyo said.

“We must all subscribe to it because it derives its authority from the two former liberation movements, Zanu and Zapu and their armies, Zipra and Zanla, who liberated this country.”

Last Friday a delegation of senior Government officials led by Secretary for Transport and Infrastructural Development, Mr Munesu Munodawafa, and his Local Government, Public Works and National Housing counterpart, Mr Killian Mupingo, visited the city to assess progress.

Dr Nkomo died on July 1, 1999, and was accorded National Hero status.

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