facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Nkomo, vice president of Zimbabwe, dies

Jan. 17, 2013 at 2:43 PM   |   Comments

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- John Nkomo, vice president of Zimbabwe, died Thursday afternoon in a Harare hospital, President Robert Mugabe announced. He was 79.

Nkomo had been ill with cancer for several years. The Zimbabwean newspaper NewsDay reported he was rushed to St. Anne's Hospital after his health suddenly worsened.

Mugabe appointed Nkomo vice president in 2009.

Nkomo participated in the struggle for independence in the British colony then-known as Rhodesia and against the white-ruled republic established by Ian Smith. He joined the Zimbabwe African People's Union in 1961 and spent two years in detention in the 1960s.

After the end of white rule in 1980, Nkomo served in Parliament and held a number of government offices. He continued to do so after ZAPU merged with Mugabe's Zimbabwe African National Union to form ZANU-PF in 1987.

In 2006, Nkomo, then speaker of Parliament, announced plans to seek the ZANU-PF nomination for the presidency. He withdrew when Mugabe said he would run again.

Nkomo was banned from travel to the United States as part of sanctions against the Mugabe government.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Featured UPI Collection
trending
Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Celebrity Couples of 2014 [PHOTOS]

Most Popular
1
Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine Merkel urges Putin to withdraw Russian troops from Ukraine
2
Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way Lindsey Graham fears ISIS will come kill us all, in a not at all hysterical way
3
Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no' Rush Limbaugh: Women actually are consenting when they say 'no'
4
Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven' Venezuela's Socialist Party unveils new prayer 'Our Chavez who art in heaven'
5
Census: number of Americans living in poverty down, still above 45 million Census: number of Americans living in poverty down, still above 45 million
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback