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Published: December 14, 2009
Harare (ZimEye) – President Robert Mugabe’s close ally, John Nkomo has been sworn-in as Vice President Monday.
Nkomo was endorsed by a Zanu PF congress at the weekend.
He took oath of office before Mugabe and is believed to be related to him.
Nkomo took over from the late VP Joseph Msika who died in August.
He won the Vice Presidency after shedding off challenge from Zanu-PF bigwigs Minies Minister Obert Mpofu, Senate deputy president Naison Ndlovu and Bulawayo governor Cain Mathema.
Following the signing of the Global Political Agreement (GPA), Nkomo became the Minister of State for National Healing, Reconciliation and Integration.
Born in 1934 in the Tsholotsho District, Matabeleland North Province, Nkomo has assumed a Zanu-PF national role since 1999 and also served in various capacities of Deputy Minister of Industry and Energy (1981), Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (1982-1984).
Nkomo was Labour Minister, Manpower Planning and Social Welfare (1988-1992) and Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare (1992-1995).
He was named Local Government Minister between 1995 and 1997, before he became minister in the renamed Ministry of Local Government and National Housing (1997-1999) and Minister of Home Affairs (2000-2002).
He was Speaker of Parliament from 2002 until 2005.