By A Correspondent- Zanu PF President Emmerson Mnangagwa has visited the late family of the late former Vice President of Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo and pleaded for their endorsement but did not bother to apologise for the mass killings he engineered in Matabeleland in the 1980s.
Mnangagwa is unpopular in Matabeleland because of the active role he played in the 1980s Gukurahundi massacres.
Mnangagwa who was the CIO minister during that time, wrote a false report to the then Prime Minister, Robert Mugabe, advising him to declare war against the people of Matabeleland and Midlands provinces, lying that they had guns which did not surrender to the government in 1980.
Speaking after visiting the Nkomo family and the Joshua Nkomo Museum in Matsheumhlophe Thursday, Mnangagwa said Government was “embarrassed” for having allowed the Nkomo family to take lead in preserving the legacy of Dr Nkomo through the establishment of the museum.
He said going forward, they would offer all the possible support to the Nkomo family to ensure that the museum gets the status it deserves.
“My appreciation goes to the (Nkomo) family who has done this preservation of the history of Father Zimbabwe; this was a project initiated by the family.
“We as Government feel embarrassed that we did not lead ourselves, but now that it is there, I have assured my young sister (Mrs Thandiwe Nkomo-Ibrahim, daughter to the late Dr Nkomo) that she will receive support from Government to make sure that this place gets the status that it deserves,” Mnangagwa.