The late Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Nkomo

Zimbabweans have been urged to follow the path of the continent’s founding fathers towards total independence across Africa.

1 July brings with it some sad memories on the country’s history as the nation was robbed of one its liberation icons, Father Zimbabwe, Dr Joshua Mqabuko Nyongolo Nkomo, who died at Parirenyatwa Hospital at the age of 82 in 1999.

Presenting a public lecture in remembrance of Chibwechitedza at the Midlands State University (MSU) in Gweru, the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, Professor Amon Murwira said the late Father Zimbabwe is in the league of great leaders such as the late Marcus Garvey, who put people first and have to be honoured.

“I say to you, ladies and gentlemen, that in the words of Frantz Fanon, that each generation must find its mission, and it is up to this generation to either betray it or fight for it. The generation of Dr Joshua Nkomo worked and liberated us. It is our time to economically liberate ourselves,” he said.

A renowned de-colonialism proponent, Professor Sabelo Gatsheni Ndlovu weighed in, saying capitalism is an evil system that has failed the global south and called for its replacement as a matter of urgency.

“We are remembering Father Zimbabwe at a time when we need him most as Zimbabwe, and in our history, as human beings. We are living in a world where we are ruled by capitalism and where xenophobia and individualism exists. This is why we need to remember Dr Nkomo,” said Professor Ndlovu.

The turn of the 21st century has witnessed the emergence of de-colonialism scholars who are calling for African solutions to African problems, as they challenge the ineffectiveness of the donor dependency syndrome, which have left the global south in perpetual poverty.