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Police still guarding Nkomo’s residence

Loughty Dube

THE Zimbabwe Republic Police is still providing round the clock security at the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo’s home in Bulawayo, seven years after

the death of the veteran nationalist, it was discovered this week.

The Nkomo family had proposed to turn the Pelandaba house into a museum chronicling the life of the late nationalist but has now opted for the Matsheumhlophe home.

The Matsheumhlophe house will be turned into a fully-fledged museum under the Department of National Museums and Monuments. Relics such as the late Nkomo’s army uniforms, watches, graduation gowns, photos and other artifacts will be displayed

The Nkomo family this week set up a board of trustees to oversee the setting up of the project and appointed President Robert Mugabe as the patron.

The other members of the board are Simon Khaya Moyo, Zimbabwe’s ambassador to South Africa, Tourism minister Francis Nhema, Higher Education deputy minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, Harare lawyer, Bob Stumbles, and businessman Herbert Nkala.

An armed policeman was guarding the house when the Zimbabwe Independent visited this week.

Neighbours said none of Nkomo’s close relatives stay at the house.

Police spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Wayne Bvudzijena, could not shed light on the matter referring questions to the Ministry of Information and Publicity.

“Issues involving the presidency are best dealt with by the Ministry of Information. They are most suited to comment on such matters, not the police,” Bvudzijena said.

When contacted, Information and publicity deputy minister, Bright Matonga, said he did not have facts on the matter as he was attending a funeral.

“The late Vice-President Nkomo is a national institution in his own right. Should that end on his death or should we just abandon him just like that?” Matonga asked before promising to look at the security arrangements.

Efforts to contact Nkomo’s daughter Thandiwe proved fruitless by the time of going to press.

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