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Published: December 8, 2012
A Bulawayo online publication has just reported claiming that the Vice President, John Landa Nkomo died quietly Saturday morning in Bulawayo surrounded by his close family members. The paper also appeared to confirm that even senior ZANU PF politiburo members confirmed the sad and shocking loss.
John Nkomo has reportedly been suffering from a cancer-related illness in the last few years that has seen him in and out of hospital while at times he has been airlifted to hospitals in South Africa for special treatment.
This news alert could be part of the spate of related news that have floated on various times in the media as the Honorable Vice President has continued to battle cancer and at times spending lengthy periods of time away from the office in hospitals.
At the currently-ongoing Gweru conference, the Vice President was not in attendance and as a more senior Vice President than Joice Mujuru, his health challenges saw Mujuru serving as Acting President when President Mugabe recently travelled out of the country.
John Nkomo was born on August 22nd 1934 and once served as the Minister of Labour, Manpower Planning and Social Welfare and then became the Speaker of Parliament from 2005 to 2008. In 2009 he was the Minister of State in the President’s Office.
Prior to those roles John Nkomo was an influential ZAPU leader as he served under Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo. Once the Unity Accord was signed between ZANU PF and ZAPU, John Nkomo moved over to ZANU PF and occupied top ranks together with Joshua Nkomo. Some years later he became the National Chairman of ZANU PF up until 2009 when President Mugabe appointed him to be a Vice President as he filled the ZAPU seat once occupied by the late Joseph Msika.