JCNF lines up Joshua Nkomo memorial lectures

ORGNISERS of the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo memorial lectures have revealed that they have incorporated government as part of circumventing chaos similar to the one which was witnessed in South Africa last month during one of the lectures.

The Joshua Nkomo Cultural Foundation (JCNF) had their inaugural memorial lecture in Witwatersrand in Johannesburg last month which, however, turned violent when some sections of the audience booed war veterans’ leader Christopher Mutsvangwa who was one of the invited speakers.

The Gwanda memorial lecture to be held on September 1 in Gwanda is one of the many events the JNCF has lined up in Nkomo’s honour that will run up to June next year.

South Africa-based Zimbabwean businessman, Justice Maphosa who runs Bigtime Time Strategic Group has come out as the major sponsor.

Kwanele Hlabangana, a JNCF trustee, told journalists during a press conference yesterday that government will be in charge of the second lecture series set for Gwanda, inviting speakers and others to prevent similar chaos.
?“Nkomo embraced everybody and that is why we did not exclude anyone in the inaugural lecture marred by rowdy behaviour,” Hlabangana said.

“As for the Gwanda event, the government is involved and is organising the event in partnership with us.

“The government is the one inviting the presenters and others to attend the event. There will be law enforcement agents and those that might want to disrupt the event will get arrested,” Hlabangana said.

“Just like at a soccer match, or at a wedding there will always be that one rowdy character that might want to spoil the event but we believe the government will make necessary arrangements by ensuring we have law enforcement agents so that the event runs smoothly,” he said.

The late veteran nationalist Nkomo, who was born on June 7, 1917 and died on July 1, 1999 at the age of 82, could have turned 100 this year. —Jeffrey Muvundusi  in BULAWAYO

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