- Born in Gweru, Zimbabwe on the 4th October 1957.Schooled at Hillside Primary School and Christian Brothers College, Bulawayo.
- Married to Jennifer Reine Coltart.
- Four children: Jessica, Douglas, Scott and Bethany.
- Extra mural activities include touch rugby, squash, golf and cricket.
- Avid rugby and cricket spectator.
CURRICULUM VITAE OF SENATOR DAVID COLTART
Born in Gweru, Zimbabwe on the 4th October 1957.
Schooled at Hillside Primary School and Christian Brothers College, Bulawayo.
Married to Jennifer Reine Coltart.
Four children: Jessica, Douglas, Scott and Bethany
Extra mural activities include touch rugby, tennis, golf and cricket. Avid rugby and cricket spectator.
BA (Law) University of Cape Town. December 1980.
LLB (Post graduate law degree) University of Cape Town December 1982.
History and Work Experience
August 1975 – February 1978
Conscripted into the British South African Police Force stationed in Mashonaland, Matabeleland South and Masvingo Provinces. Best Recruit of Squad 7/75.
February 1978 – December 1982
Studied at the University of Cape Town.
1980 – 1981 Chairman of the Zimbabwe Students Society at University of Cape Town. This society represented the interests of the thousands Zimbabwean students then studying at the University of Cape Town. This was an elected post.
1981 – 1982 Director, Legal Aid Clinic, Crossroads Squatter Camp, Cape Town.
1982 Member of the Law Students Council (also an elected post).
Employed by Messrs Webb, Low and Barry Legal Practitioners, Bulawayo. Within 2 weeks of starting work commenced representing victims of the “Gukurahundi”.
Admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe.
Campaign Manager for Bob Nixon MP (the first independent candidate to unseat the Rhodesia Front party of Mr. Ian Smith in 17 years).
Appointed Secretary of the Bulawayo Legal Practitioners Association; in this capacity started the first legal aid clinic in Bulawayo.
Instructed by Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace to record affidavits from people who had suffered at the hands of the Fifth Brigade during the Gukurahundi. Affidavits subsequently submitted to the Chihambakwe Commission of Enquiry.
Appointed a partner in Webb, Low and Barry.
Campaign Manager for all the independent candidates in Matabeleland contesting the 1985 elections opposed to Ian Smith’s Conservative Alliance party.
A member of a Rotary Group Study Exchange Tour to Pennsylvania in the United States of America.
Instructed to represent Sidney Malunga, Edward Ndlovu, Stephen Nkomo and other PF Zapu Central Committee members detained by the Zanu PF government.
August 1985 to May 1986
Defended Sidney Malunga MP, chief whip of Joshua Nkomo’s ZAPU party, in his political trial; ultimately leading to his acquittal of charges that he was assisting political dissidents.
Author of a detailed Human Rights report concerning human rights abuses in Matabeleland during the Gukurahundi in 1985, submitted to the Governor of Matabeleland North and the Minister of Justice at that time. (In the capacity as a partner in Webb, Low and Barry handled hundreds of human rights cases between 1983 and 1986 and indeed until the present time).
Put forward proposals for the establishment of the Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre.
Appointed a Trustee of the Legal Resources Foundation.
Appointed Founder Trustee of Petra School (an inter-denominational Christian school in Bulawayo).
Founded and appointed Director of the Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre, the second operational arm of the Legal Resources Foundation.
Attended, and spoke at, Human Rights Summer School at the University of Ottawa, Canada.
1987 – 1988
Defence Counsel in several High Court criminal actions brought against political dissidents arising out of the conflict in Matabeleland.
Appointed National Director (Legal Policy) Legal Resources Foundation.
Member of a three person visitor tour of lawyers to the United States of America as a guest of the United States Government.
Represented the then Governor of Matabeleland North, Jacob Mudenda, before the Sandura Commission of Enquiry into Government corruption.
Opened the first Human Rights Workshop conducted by the Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre regarding Human Rights Training for members of the Police Force and the Central Intelligence Organisation (in fulfilment of a project proposal first proposed in 1986).
Appointed Legal Policy Consultant to the Legal Resources Foundation.
Established and appointed board member of CASALAF (Central and Southern African Legal Assistance Foundation – a section 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation registered in the United States of America to support Human Rights work in Southern Africa).
Awarded a scholarship to attend the International Bar Association, biennial conference in New York.
Delivered a paper in Arusha, Tanzania regarding the setting up of Human Rights Organisations in Africa at a conference entitled “Empowering Civil Society”.
Attended the Business Section of the International Bar Association’s Conference in Hong Kong after being awarded a further scholarship.
Founder member and Trustee of the Forum Democratic Reform Trust set up in Harare, a body designed to promote debate regarding constitutional reform and political change in Zimbabwe.
Delivered a paper to an Amnesty International conference in the Netherlands on political killings and disappearances which happened during the Gukurahundi during 1982 -1987. The paper was entitled “Zimbabwe: The establishment of independent and public enquiries”.
Attended a Commonwealth conference in Ottawa, Canada regarding the establishment and empowerment of Ombudsmen throughout Commonwealth countries.
Visited the United States of America as a guest of the United States Government; involved in discussions in the State Department regarding the human rights situation in Zimbabwe.
Visited the United Kingdom as guest of the British Government to discuss human rights issues in Zimbabwe.
Member of an international electoral observer team to the Kenyan elections organised by the International Republican Institute, Washington, United States of America.
Drafted the Constitution and the Manifesto of the Forum Party of Zimbabwe which was launched on the 29th March 1993 under the leadership of Zimbabwe’s (then retired) first black Chief Justice, Dr. Enock Dumbutshena.
Responsible for convening, in the capacity as Director of the Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre, an International Conference at Victoria Falls on Alternative Sentencing which looked at the introduction of community service in Zimbabwe, sentencing of juveniles and the death penalty.
Put forward proposals for researching and preparing a report on human rights violations which occurred in Zimbabwe between 1982 and 1988.
Attended a conference held in Gaborone, Botswana organised by the International Republican Institute. The conference considered ways of making the electoral process in Africa more democratic.
Attended a conference at the University of Kent organised by the Law Centres Federation which led to the establishment of an interim International body to represent the interests of legal advice centres globally.
Visited the Federal Republic of Germany as a guest of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation; involved in discussions regarding the human rights situation in Zimbabwe and the promotion of democracy in Zimbabwe.
Responsible for convening and organising, in the capacity as Director of the Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre, a conference at Victoria Falls on a new Constitution and Declaration of Rights for the whole of Southern Africa within the context of SADC.
Attended a conference held in Mombasa, Kenya, organised by the International Republican Institute, as a member of the African Democracy Network. The conference was a follow-up to the February 1995 Gaborone conference which considered ways of strengthening the African Democracy Network.
Delivered a paper on “Ethnic Conflict in Zimbabwe” to the Summer Institute on Self Determination and Ethnic Conflict Resolution organised by the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Massachusetts.
Invited by the Westminster Foundation (London) to the inaugural meeting of the African Dialogue Group in Cape Town. Mandated to draft a Constitution for a new African Dialogue Group.
March 1996 – December 1996
Heavily involved in final research, drafting and editing of the “Breaking the Silence: Building True Peace” report.
Presented a paper on a proposed constitution for the African Dialogue Group at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
Report “Breaking the Silence: Building True Peace” published by the Legal Resources Foundation and Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace and presented to President Robert Mugabe in culmination of the work first started in 1993.
Retired as Director of the Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre and appointed Chairman of its Board.
Appointed Chairman of an informal group called the “Umthwakazi Reconciliation Group” set up to promote the recommendations contained in the “Breaking the Silence” report.
Travelled to Namibia as part of a two person Amnesty International investigation team to assist human rights organisations there.
Appointed Senior (Managing) Partner of Webb, Low and Barry, Legal Practitioners, Bulawayo.
1998 – 1999
Delivered numerous papers and speeches throughout Zimbabwe regarding the Constitutional debate and other human rights issues.
Appointed to sit on the Legal Committee of the National Constitutional Assembly of Zimbabwe.
Appointed as Chairperson of the interim Legal Committee of the Movement for Democratic Change.
Elected Secretary of Legal Affairs of the Movement for Democratic Change at its Inaugural Congress.
Elected Member of Parliament for Bulawayo South Constituency – a predominately black working class constituency – 20782 votes for against 3150 votes for the ZANU (PF) candidate – an 84% majority.
Appointed Shadow Justice Minister by the President of the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai.
Appointed Chairperson of the Parliamentary Select Committee for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary affairs.
Member of an MDC delegation to Washington to lobby the US Government regarding its policy towards Zimbabwe.
Delivered paper regarding the current political situation in Zimbabwe to International Union of Democrats in Singapore.
Member of an MDC delegation to the United Kingdom and the United States.
Travelled to Geneva as a Director of Safdem (the Southern African Democracy Resource Bank – which identifies experts who can be deployed on United Nations human rights mission) to lobby for support of the organisation at the UN.
Travelled on to New York and Washington as part of a two person MDC lobby team.
Led a bi-partisan group of the Parliamentary Justice Committee (in capacity as Chairperson) to Germany on a Konrad Adenhauer Foundation sponsored study tour of Germany’s justice system.
Travelled to New York as a Director of Safdem to lobby for support for the organization at the UN.
November 2001 and February 2002
Travelled to London and New York to lobby on behalf of the MDC and to work on the finalisation of the MDC justice policy (as Secretary for Legal Affairs).
Election agent for Morgan Tsvangirai, Presidential candidate, in the Bulawayo South constituency.
Travelled to the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada and the United States of America on behalf of the MDC to explain the MDC’s position regarding the March Presidential elections, the reasons for Electoral court challenge brought by the MDC’s Legal Affairs Committee on behalf of Mr. Tsvangirai and the MDC and the background to treason charges brought against Mr. Tsvangirai.
Attended the Parliamentarians for Global Action Consultative meeting on the International Criminal Court in Ottawa, Canada, on behalf of the MDC.
Travelled to Canada and the USA in capacity as Secretary for Legal Affairs of the MDC to gather evidence in support of the defence of Morgan Tsvangirai and others facing treason charges.
Member of a three person MDC delegation which met members of the Bush Administration in Pretoria during President Bush’s trip to South Africa.
Member of an MDC delegation to Kenya to study the Kenyan electoral system which culminated in proposals being made for wide ranging reform of Zimbabwe’s electoral practices and laws.
Member of an MDC delegation which attended the PGA Consultative forum on the International Criminal Court in the UN, New York and in Washington. Spoke on behalf of the MDC delegation at a PGA organised meeting in Congress regarding the situation in Zimbabwe.
Member of a two person MDC delegation (with the Hon. Tendai Biti) to the Liberal International Conference held in Dakar, Senegal. Held a private meeting with President Wade to discuss the Zimbabwean crisis.
Attended a private meeting with President Nelson Mandela and Advocate George Bizos to brief President Mandela on the Zimbabwe Presidential Election court challenge.
Attended the MDC Congress and delivered a speech leading to the adoption of the MDC’s Justice and Constitutional policy document.
Travelled to Britain, Denmark and Germany in capacity as Secretary for Legal Affairs to speak to a new report compiled by the Zimbabwe Institute called “Playing with Fire” which documents the arrest, detention, torture and general harassment of MDC MPs during the period 2000 to 2004. Also assisted in establishing the Zimbabwe Defence and Aid Trust in the United Kingdom responsible for assisting the victims of politically motivated arrests, detention and prosecutions.
Unanimously elected by MDC Bulawayo South District to stand again as MDC candidate for the scheduled 2005 Parliamentary elections.
Attended the Democratic Party National Convention in Boston USA at the invitation of the National Democratic Institute, during which then Senator Barack Obama delivered his “Hope is on the way” speech.
In capacity as MDC Secretary for Legal Affairs and Shadow Justice Minister introduced and led argument on in Parliament the MDC’s extensive proposed amendments to the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission Bill and the Electoral Bill.
Attended a Parliamentarian for Global Action meeting in Wellington, New Zealand to deliver a speech on the International Criminal Court.
Re-elected member of Parliament for Bulawayo South Constituency with a 76% majority, having stood against a ZANU PF woman Cabinet Minister.
Met with Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, UN Special Envoy, in Bulawayo to make representations regarding Operation Murambatsvina, pointing out that it amounted to a crime against humanity.
Delivered the 2005 Brennan Lecture (in honour of former Australian Chief Justice Sir Gerard Brannan) at Bond University, Queensland, Australia on the topic “The erosion of the Rule of Law in Zimbabwe 2000 – 2005, its consequences and the application of the International Responsibility to Protect doctrine”.
Spoke at numerous meetings, (including Universities and the media) regarding the ZANU PF’s regime’s “Operation Murambatsvina” (operation cleans up) exposing the same.
Introduced into Parliament a comprehensive amendment to Zimbabwe’s Constitution to reform and democratize it, rejected by ZANU PF.
Attended the 25th anniversary celebration of Solidarity in Gdansk, Poland and met former Polish President and leader of Solidarity Lech Walesa.
October 2005 to May 2006
Attempted to mediate in division within the MDC party. In this regard did not stand for election at either Congress of the two MDC factions held in Zimbabwe in February and March 2006.
Nominated and appointed on to the Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament World Council at the PNND Annual Forum held at Vancouver, Canada, on 27th June.
Presented a paper at 2006 Aspen Ideas Festival on “Southern African Report Card 2006”
Elected as Secretary for Legal Affairs and member of the Strategic Planning Committee of the MDC (Mutambara faction).
Appointed Shadow Justice Minister and member of the mediation team to attempt to reunify the two MDC factions or to agree on a coalition.
Spoke on the topic “The role of the Judiciary in Africa” at the Mont Pelerin Society meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, alongside American Federal Judge Mr. Justice Douglas H. Ginsburg.
Attended a course organised by the Frederic Neumann Stiftung regarding security legislation in Bonn Germany. During the same trip met with German government representatives regarding the human rights situation in Zimbabwe.
Observed the general election in Finland as part of a multinational African observer team and at the same time had several meetings with Finnish government officials, including the Director for Africa, regarding the human rights situation in Zimbabwe.
Met with senior British and German government leaders and Ministers in London and Berlin regarding the torture and illegal detention of opposition leaders in Zimbabwe.
Appointed Chairperson of MDC (M) advisory committee on Constitutional reform for the SADC mediation exercise.
Gave a speech on the topic “An overview of the June 2007 G8 summit – an African perspective” at a meeting organised by the Konrad Adenhauer Stiftung in Windhoek, Namibia.
Spoke in a debate organised by the Intelligence Squared organisation in London, United Kingdom, on the topic “Britain has failed Zimbabwe” including Hon. Tendai Biti, Professor John Makumbe, Peter Godwin and Chenjerai Hove.
Attended a meeting held in Stellenbosch, South Africa regarding the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine and spoke to the meeting regarding a Zimbabwean perspective on the doctrine.
Spoke on Martin Luther King Day, the 21st January, at a memorial event in Columbus, Georgia, USA on the topic “The Power of dreams”, which amongst other things called on the international community to use non-violent means to resolve international crises, including the Zimbabwean crisis. During the same trip to the United States of America gave several public addresses including speeches regarding the Zimbabwean crisis at the Cato Institute, the Heritage Foundation and the George Mason University in Washington. The speech of the Cato Institute resulted in a development policy analysis paper being prepared and jointly published by the Cato Institute subsequently in March entitled “A decade of suffering in Zimbabwe-economic collapse and political repression”.
Elected to the Senate on behalf of the MDC in the Khumalo Senatorial Constituency of Bulawayo in the 29th March 2009 general election.
Delivered a speech at Exeter College, Oxford University, on the topic “The International Responsibility to Protect Doctrine-a Zimbabwean perspective”.
Participated in a one day conference organised by Parliamentarians for Global Action on the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and in a briefing to staff of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on why it was important the United States of America to ratify the Treaty of Rome and to join the International Criminal Court. Spoke about the International Criminal Court from a Zimbabwean perspective. During the same trip held several private meetings and discussions with the State Department officials, a Senator and Congressmen regarding the Zimbabwean crisis.
Delivered a speech focusing on crimes against humanity being committed in Zimbabwe at the Policy Exchange in London and held several meetings regarding the human rights situation in Zimbabwe in London and New York.
Delivered a speech on the Zimbabwean crisis in the Swedish Parliament building at a seminar organised by the Swedish Liberal party. During the same visit held several meetings with Swedish civic groups, journalists and a Cabinet Minister and other government officials. Travelled to Denmark for meetings regarding the Zimbabwean crisis with donors, civic groups, journalists, politicians and the Danish Minister of Development Cooperation.
Gave a speech at the Consilium meeting organised by the Sydney based Centre for Independent Studies on the subject of future investment in Africa and during the same trip to Australia met with the new Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to brief him at length regarding the Zimbabwean crisis.
Spoke at a meeting organised by IDASA in Johannesburg regarding a new African Charter on Governance. Also in September travelled to Washington for several meetings and gave two public addresses, the first being an address on the Zimbabwean situation at a briefing organised by IDASA at the Woodrow Wilson centre, the second being a speech delivered at the invitation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union to the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on the topic ” Suppressing democracy: unlawful detentions, torture, and assassinations of opposition leaders around the world”. In the latter speech spoke about the incidents of unlawful detentions, crimes against humanity and human rights abuses concerning Zimbabwe during the last 27 years and in particular during 2008.
Delivered a speech on the topic “The fight against impunity in international relations and cooperation: the role of parliamentarians” at the Parliamentarians for Global Action’s consultative assembly of parliamentarians for the International Criminal Court which was held in the National Congress of the Dominican Republic. At the same assembly met with Luis Moreno-Ocampo the Special Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court to raise the issue of crimes against humanity committed in Zimbabwe during 2008.
Delivered a speech on the topic “Multinationalism and multiculturalism: the Bar making a difference” to the annual general meeting of the Bar Council of England and Wales in London regarding the role that barristers in the United Kingdom can play to assist human rights defenders in oppressive countries, especially in the context of Zimbabwe.
Delivered a speech regarding the Zimbabwean crisis to a meeting in Cape Town organised by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.
Appointed Minister of Education, Sports, Arts and Culture in the transitional inclusive government brought about by the Global Political Agreement entered into by MDC (T), MDC and ZANU (PF) in September 2008.
Negotiated with teachers’ unions bringing an end to year-long strikes, during which over 90,000 teachers had been on strike, causing the closure of most of the country’s 8000 schools. Granted an amnesty allowing teachers who had left the profession to return.
Appointed joint chairperson of the Constitution Committee, a body established under the Global Political Agreement and charged with drafting a new Constitution.
Initiated a programme to print 13 million textbooks for primary school children across the country, funding through the Education Transition Fund. These were delivered from September 2010, restoring the pupil to textbook ratio to 1:1 in core subjects (Maths, English, Science and Indigenous Languages). A similar programme for secondary school pupils is currently underway.
Launched and appointed chair to the Education Transition Fund, a UNICEF administered body responsible for managing money from international donors to support the Ministry of Education’s work.
Launched Academies programme. Signed contract with Teach Zimbabwe Trust paving the way for the establishment of Academies of Excellence in each of the 10 provinces, with 40 per cent of places reserved for talented disadvantaged children who will receive full scholarships.
Announced plans to introduce Civic Education to the curriculum, to include teaching on tolerance and human rights. This will be part of a review of the whole curriculum.
Travelled to New Zealand to address concerns regarding the New Zealand cricket team touring Zimbabwe, resulting in their tour in October 2011. Travelled to Australia met with Cricket Australia representatives. Negotiated for their ‘A’ team to tour Zimbabwe in July 2011. Bangladesh and Pakistan also came to Zimbabwe in August-September 2011, to play opposite Zimbabwe in its first Test matches for six years.
Secured US$1 million from the Ministry of Finance for the refurbishment of the Khumalo Hockey stadium, enabling it to host the African Olympic qualifiers in September 2011.
Travelled to the UK to speak at a conference organised by the Council for Education in the Commonwealth and the Link Community Development Trust which focused on the challenges faced by Zimbabwe’s education sector.
Travelled to Northern Ireland and Scotland to persuade the Irish and Scottish cricket teams to tour Zimbabwe. The Irish team subsequently toured later in the year.
Attended and spoke at “Beyond Borders” book festival in Peebles, Scotland.
Speech to the Christian Educator’s Conference on the role of Christian educators in producing sound leadership in Zimbabwe.
Delivered the annual Lozikeyi Lecture on “Looking into the future: Art and the Law in Zimbabwe” at the Bulawayo National Art Gallery.
Visited India with the Zimbabwean World Cup cricket team during the ICC 2011 World Cup.
Travelled to Sydney, Australia to deliver at the New South Wales Parliament the annual Acton Lecture on Religion and Freedom invited by the Centre for Independent Studies.
Delivered speech on the topic “Back from the brink” regarding countries which have suffered economic meltdown at the 2011 Consilium held at Coolum, Australia.
Attended the SADC Education Ministers Conference in Windhoek, Namibia.
Attended the Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Assembly in Berne, Switzerland and elected C-President of PNND
Attended the Southern and Eastern Africa Consortium for Monitoring Educational Quality Assembly in Paris, France.
Attended the Peace and Sports Conference in Monaco.
Attended the Education for All Fast Track Initiative in Copenhagen, Denmark.
Attended and delivered speech at the Education World Forum in London, United Kingdom.
Hosted and spoke at the Africa Brains Education Summit in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Led the Zimbabwean delegation to the 2012 London Olympics.
Attended the African Brains Education Conference
Delivered speech at PGA ICC Conference in Rome
Attended and delivered speech at Education World Forum in London, United Kingdom.
Attended ACP(African, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States) Ministers of Education in Brussels
Attended World Sports Ministers Conference in Berlin , Germany
Present positions held/occupations
Senior Partner, Webb Low and Barry, Legal Practitioners, Bulawayo. (Present clients include the Churches, Church organisations, human rights activists, politicians, a political party, parastatals and corporations).
Co-President of Parliamentarian for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament
World Council member of Parliamentary Network for Nuclear Disarmament (www.pnnd.org)
Chairman of Board of Trustees, Petra School Trust which runs Petra High School and Petra Primary School in Bulawayo.
Trustee and Deputy Chairperson, The Edward Ndlovu Trust (a trust which runs a library in Gwanda in memory of the late Edward Ndlovu – a veteran ZAPU/ZANU (PF) politician).
Patron – Zimbabwe Golf Union
Former positions held
Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, Zimbabwe 2009 – 2013
MDC Senator for Khumalo Constituency, Bulawayo 2008 – 2013
MDC’s Secretary for Legal Affairs and the Shadow Minister for Justice and Legal Affairs 2005 – 2009
Co-chair and member of management Committee of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Constitutional Reform 2009- 2013
Trustee, Legal Resources Foundation from 1986 to 2007 (The Legal Resources Foundation is the umbrella body which controls the work of legal project centres throughout Zimbabwe, including the Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre).
Board member Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre, Bulawayo. (The Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre now runs ten advice centres throughout the Matabeleland Region which give legal advice to indigent people. The Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre is also involved in test case and public interest case litigation and in the past year has been responsible for a few landmark Constitutional decisions handed down by the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe. The Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre undertook detailed research into the human rights abuses perpetrated in Matabeleland during the period 1982 to 1987. This resulted in the publication of the report “Breaking the Silence: Building True Peace” in March 1997).
Chairman, Legal Committee of the Movement for Democratic Change and Secretary for Legal Affairs of the MDC. This position involved the organisation and coordination of all the legal actions/defences undertaken by the MDC and during the period 2000 to 2005 included the 37 Parliamentary Electoral challenge cases, the Presidential Electoral challenge (the trial of which commenced in November 2003), the coordination of the defence of the treason charges brought against Morgan Tsvangirai during his trial which commenced in 2002 and ended with his acquittal in November 2004 , the defence of numerous other criminal prosecutions brought against members of the MDC and the representation of the thousands of MDC members and supporters detained by the Mugabe regime. The Committee was also responsible for the drafting of the MDC’s Justice Policy.
Director of Safdem (The Southern African Democracy Resource Bank – a civil society organization funded by the Norwegian and Canadian governments which has established a resource bank of southern African human rights activists/professional who can be deployed on UN international missions).
Shadow Justice Minister, Zimbabwe for united MDC 2000 to 2005.
Elder, Bulawayo Presbyterian Church.
Member of Parliament, Bulawayo South Constituency (June 2000 to March 2008).
Chairperson and member of Parliamentary Select Committee for Justice, Legal and Parliamentary affairs (2000 to 2003).