Landa Nkomo Trust sets up mu­seum

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nqo­bile Tshili

THE Landa John Nkomo Memo­rial Trust has set up a mu­seum doc­u­ment­ing the life of the late Vice Pres­i­dent as it seeks to im­mor­talise his life’s works.

The mu­seum, which is sit­u­ated along Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Street and 12th Av­enue in Bu­l­awayo, has por­traits of the Pres­i­dent, the coun­try’s pre­vi­ous VPs: Cdes Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, Joseph Msika, Si­mon Muzenda and Dr Joice Mu­juru among other politi­cians.

JLNMT’s chair­man and son to the late VP, Mr Jab­u­lani Nkomo, yes­ter­day said the mu­seum is part of sev­eral projects be­ing im­ple­mented by the Trust to en­sure that his fa­ther’s name lives for ever.

He said the mu­seum would be opened when ev­ery­thing is in place.

Mr Nkomo was speak­ing as he re­flected on the life of the late VP who was sup­posed to be turn­ing 82 yes­ter­day.

VP Landa Nkomo died in Jan­uary 2013 fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with can­cer.

“As we com­mem­o­rate his birth­day to­day we want to re­flect on his life works and we’re in the process of set­ting up a mu­seum doc­u­ment­ing his life. The mu­seum will have arte­facts in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs and a bi­og­ra­phy about his fam­ily, lib­er­a­tion strug­gle and time in Gov­ern­ment,” said Mr Nkomo.

“We want to en­sure that his name does not die. We believe he was a great politi­cian with a lov­able char­ac­ter and was pro-de­vel­op­ment.”

The mu­seum has por­traits of the late VP shar­ing mo­ments with the late South African pres­i­dent Nel­son Man­dela.

Mr Nkomo said the Trust was strug­gling to com­plete projects that the late VP had started.

He said it needs about $2,5 mil­lion to com­plete projects which in­clude the Landa John Nkomo High School and a clinic in Tsholot­sho.

Mr Nkomo ap­pealed to well-wish­ers to as­sist, say­ing the late VP’s legacy needs to be main­tained.

“We’re des­per­ate for sup­port so that the projects can go fur­ther. We’re lag­ging badly. We don’t have enough funds to sup­port the out­stand­ing projects. At the school we’re yet to com­plete the dor­mi­to­ries, teach­ers’ houses and home eco­nom­ics block which are crit­i­cal for the school,” he said.

Mr Nkomo said the Trust has also set up a foun­da­tion for the late VP’s mother ugogo Mac­it­shi Dube Nkomo known as Gogo MaDube’s Women’s Club to em­power women in Tsholot­sho so that they can start de­vel­op­men­tal projects.— @nqot­shili.

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