Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa is reported to have committed an abomination by claiming that the family of the late Vice-President Joshua Nkomo had endorsed him and offered him Nkomo’s intonga (scepter).
According to the Chronicle Chamisa is reported to have made the claim at a rally at White City Stadium in Bulawayo at the weekend.
Nkomo’s son, Sibangilizwe, however, said it was an abomination to claim that anyone had offered Chamisa Nkomo’s intonga.
“It’s not a matter that you can joke about. It’s an abomination that he can talk cheaply about intonga ka baba. That’s no ordinary stick but it carries so much significance in terms of culture and tradition, it’s the property of our ancestors. It represents our family’s ancestry and it is unacceptable for him to joke around with such matters,” Nkomo said.
“In our African tradition, we do not offer intonga ka baba to anyone one who is not a member of the family. None of the care takers at the museum know where that stick is so we really do not know what he is talking about.”