MDC-T president Mr Nelson Chamisa’s attempt to gain fame using the late Vice President Dr Joshua Nkomo backfired badly after the Nkomo family called him out amid claims that they had personally endorsed him and offered him the veteran nationalist’s intonga (sceptre).


During a start\ rally in Bulawayo, White City Chamisa claimed that the Nkomo family had told him that he was the first “national leader” to visit the Joshua Nkomo Museum in Matsheumhlophe suburb since Dr Nkomo’s death in 1999.

“I was so touched when I went to Dr Nkomo’s Matsheumhlophe house. I was going there to see the history of this nation. However, the family told me one thing, they said ever since the death of Dr Nkomo I am the first national leader to visit the house, they even offered to give me Dr Nkomo’s traditional sceptre (intonga),” he said at the rally at White City Stadium on Saturday.

However, Dr Nkomo’s son, Mr Sibangilizwe Nkomo slammed Chamisa’s claims and dismissing as an abomination claims that they offered the MDC-T leader the late VP’s intonga.

The sceptre was an embodiment of Dr Nkomo’s identity as he carried it everywhere he went.

“There is nothing like that. Chamisa went to the Matsheumhlope house which is now a museum at the invitation of the chief executive officer of the Joshua Nkomo foundation, Mr Jabulani Hadebe. None of the family members knew about his visit,” said Mr Nkomo.

“I live in the Pelandaba house and it is a lie that he met any of the family members unless he came here as a ghost. In actual fact, I have never met Chamisa in my life.”

On claims that Chamisa had been granted NKomo’s intonga, Mr Nkomo said he was shocked, that a young man like Chamisa can speak such an abomination.”

“It’s not a matter that you can joke about. It’s an abomination that he can talk cheaply about intonga ka baba. That’s no ordinary stick but it carries so much significance in terms of culture and tradition, it’s the property of our ancestors. It represents our family’s ancestry and it is unacceptable for him to joke around with such matters,” said Mr Nkomo.

“In our African tradition, we do not offer intonga ka baba to anyone one who is not a member of the family. None of the care takers at the museum know where that stick is so we really do not know what he is talking about.”



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