The Vice presedent of Zimbabwe, John Landa Nkomo has died. He passed on this afternoon around 12 noon, My Zimbabwe has learnt.

Vice President Nkomo was 78.

VP Nkomo has been suffering from a cancer-related illness in the last few years that has seen him in and out of hospital while at times he has been airlifted to hospitals in South Africa for special treatment.

At the time of his death, John Landa Nkomo (born August 22, 1934) was serving as Vice-President of Zimbabwe. After serving for years as a minister in the government of Zimbabwe, he was the Speaker of Parliament from 2005 to 2008. He was then appointed to the Senate in 2008 and was Minister of State in the President’s Office in 2009. Nkomo is also a key figure in the Zimbabwe African National Union ? Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF); he was National Chairman of ZANU-PF until December 2009, when he was elected as Vice-President of ZANU-PF. As a consequence of his elevation to the party’s vice-presidency, he also became Vice-President of Zimbabwe in December 2009.

Nkomo was a member of Joshua Nkomo’s Zimbabwe African People’s Union (ZAPU) before the party merged with Robert Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union (ZANU) to create ZANU-PF in 1987. He was Minister of Labour, Manpower Planning, and Social Welfare as of May 1990.

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