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Whither Zimbabwe? A few reflections on 2017 as 2018 approaches

Senator David Coltart Opinion 31st December 2017 For the last two years I have warned that Zimbabwe was facing a perfect storm – the unique convergence of several factors which could tear the country apart. The eye of that storm hit Zimbabwe in mid November and although it tore down the house of Robert Mugabe,

Zimbabwe’s Army: New junta or reluctant reformers?

DefenceWeb By Jonathan Katzenellenbogen 13th December 2017 Operation Restore Legacy, which saw the end to Mugabe’s 37 year rule, has broken the log jam in Zimbabwe’s politics. But does it herald a democratic opening and economic recovery? At the moment, all that is clear is that the military will play a key and expanded role.

Hope and fear in Zimbabwe: Will the crocodile change his spots?

The Tutu Foundation By Michael Holman 12th December 2017 The immigration official at Harare’s Robert Mugabe international airport looked up from examining my passport, his face expressionless. “Why have you come to Zimbabwe?” “To celebrate,” I replied. “What will you be celebrating?” “Zimbabwe’s liberation,” I said, and I held my breath. Journalists without visas have

How ED got it wrong with first Cabinet

The Standard By Violet Gonda 10th December 2017 Journalist Violet Gonda (VG) interviewed former Education minister David Coltart on the Hot Seat programme to understand President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Cabinet soon after he announced it on the 1st December 2017. This is the transcript of the interview which was done before President Mnangagwa changed his Cabinet

An hour or so of Chopin and Beethoven may briefly calm the shattered minds of Zimbabweans

Catholic Herald Notebook 6th December 2017 By Petroc Trelawny I got an email this week inviting me to a recital by a pianist called Genaro Pereira. At the Zimbabwe Academy of Music in Bulawayo. Given the battered, troubled state of the country, it seems almost unbelievable that such events still take place. The people who

David Coltart: the future of Zimbabwe – an interview on Radio New Zealand

Radio New Zealand 3rd December 2017 Radio interview Zimbabweans are celebrating the fact that the 37-year reign of Robert Mugabe, leader of the ruling Zanu PF party is over. Emmerson Mnangagwa, known as The Crocodile, was sworn in last week as the country’s new president and pledged to serve “all citizens” and indicated he plans