Hundreds of people yesterday took to the streets of Bulawayo to honor the late Vice President of Zimbabwe Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo in one of the major highlights of this year’s Sanganai/Hlanganani Tourism expo.
By Farai Shawn Matiashe
The march started at the Blue Lagoon – the late Nkomo family’s business situated at Renkini Bus Terminus in Thorngrove – and then proceeded to Stanley Square in one of the city’s oldest suburbs, Makokoba, the mass later paused at Nkomo statue in the city centre and ended at the City Hall grounds.
Traditional music groups, artistes, poets and drum majorettes from different schools and music bands from the uniformed forces provided entertainment.
Among the artists were youthful Madlela Sikhobokhobo, Hwabarathi, Thandanani Women’s Ensemble, Sekunjalo maAfrica and Umkhathi.
In an interview with 263Chat, ZTA Chief Executive Officer Karikoga Kaseke said Nkomo is a tourism attraction himself and the tourism industry should utilize such.
“It is important for us to have more diverse tourism products. He (Nkomo) himself is a tourism attraction and he left a number of tourism trails, so, we are following his footsteps,” he said.
Kaseke said honoring Nkomo was significant as it brings peace among Zimbabweans.
“When people are given an opportunity to remember their heroes, it helps in promoting peace amongst them,” he said.