Former Minister of Education, David Coltart, said that if the late former Vice President, Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo, was alive today, Zimbabwe would have not experienced the crises it is currently facing.
Coltart said Nkomo was a strong and noble character and would have not allowed the country to degenerate to its current status.
Speaking about Nkomo in a Twitter space hosted by CITE on Friday, 1 July to commemorate the late nationalist’s life, Coltart said:
It is hard to imagine that he would have allowed the chaos that started after his death in 2000.
He was a very strong man, who always spoke his mind and one believes that he would have asserted his authority to make sure that courts were not undermined in the way they were and that violence did not visit us again.
For such an icon, he was an incredibly humble man and I believe that his death in 1999 was a tragedy not just for his family, close friends and political comrades but was a tragedy for the entire nation.
He spoke out against the violence in the 1980s and he was one of the greatest leaders of Zimbabwe.
It’s important that we remember the values that he stood by and seek to reinject them into our body politic into Zimbabwe again.
Nkomo died of prostate cancer on 1 July 1999 at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare. He was 82 years old at the time of his death.