The city of Bulawayo was today brought to a standstill as residents witnessed the launch of the Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo Heritage Trails. The heritage trails are meant to promote and celebrate the life of Father Zimbabwe.
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According to the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority Chief Executive Officer, Dr Karikoga Kaseke the 11th edition of the Sanganai/Hlanganani World Travel Expo will commemorate the life of the late icon Dr. Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo through tourism heritage trails.
“Dr Nkomo is the man we call founding father of our liberation hence he is called Father Zimbabwe. He has done a lot for us and we have decided to document his footsteps and honour him through heritage trails” said Dr.Kaseke who was addressing members of the media ahead of the launch.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority boss also added that 101+ areas of Dr. Nkomo’s footsteps will be documented to constitute the Tourism Heritage Trails and will be packaged as Zimbabwe’s tourism products.
A procession march was also held in celebration of Dr.Nkomo and started from one of his business ventures Blue Lagoon were a plaque was unveiled. The march which attracted multitudes of Bulawayo residents was also graced by Bulawayo’s top arts groups and musicians among them Madlela Skhobokhobo ,Hwabaraty, Thandanani Women’s Ensemble, Imvimbi, Sokunjalo MaAfrika, and drums of peace among others.
The Zimbabwe National Army band, the ZCC band the popular drum majorettes and the Gusheshe Club who were seen spinning their BMW 325iS all added colour to the pomp and fun fair. The march route passed through historic places such as Stanley Square in Makokoba, the King Lobengula Khumalo Street and the Dr. Nkomo Statue were a key note address was given by the Acting Resident Minister for Bulawayo Province Cde.Absolom Sikhosana.
In attendance at the launch were various buyers and visitors who are in the country for Sanganai/Hlanganani tourism expo and the late VP’s children Thandiwe Nkomo-Ebrahim and Sibangilizwe Nkomo who were all excited about the gesture shown by the Zimbabwe Tourism Authority in maintaining the legacy left by Dr. Nkomo.