Joshua Nkomo

Joshua Nkomo was to become one of the Black nationalist leaders in Southern Rhodesia. He was imprisoned by Ian Smith in 1964. He was released in 1974 after pressure was put on Smith's regime from the South African Prime-Minister Vorster. He travelled to Zambia where he directed much of the armed resistance to the regime, including the shooting down of two airliners with great loss of civilian life.

The creation of Zimbabwe saw Nkomo sidelined by Mugabe who later turned on his former ally and his supporters.

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by Stephen Luscombe