Category Archives: Blog

‘THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES’ 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe’ by David Coltart. A contrarian view.

Africa Unauthorised By Hannes Wessels 22nd October 2016 David Coltart is a man who I have long held in high regard. Courageous and principled, he has been at the fore in the dangerous struggle for meaningful change in Zimbabwe and all of us who want better for Zimbabwe are indebted to him. However, reading […]

Why the allegations of sexual assault levelled against Donald Trump should concern us all

Senator David Coltart Blog 15th October 2016 In December 1983 the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace instructed me to record statements from hundreds of women victims of Gukurahundi at St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral in Bulawayo. I record the event at page 151 of my book “The Struggle Continues : 50 years of tyranny in […]

Coltart’s book: New thinking about Pan-Africanism!

Financial Gazette By Ken Mufuka 16th June 2016 DAVID Coltart is best known for his participation in the exposé of Gukurahundi atro-cities in 1991 in Matabeleland. Though the Roman Catholic, through its Peace and Justice Commission had compiled damning reports, starting in 1983 culminating in a summary of the atrocities in 1987, the hierarchy sat […]

A peek into David Coltart’s bookshelf

The Standard 17th November 2015 Literary Forum by Bookworm In the past few weeks, I have reached out to many individuals — politicians, radio personalities, academics, lawyers and churchmen — asking them to share books that they read or helped make them who they are. The responses have been underwhelming, if at all. It could […]

Bloated Cabinet weighs on Zim

Mail and Guardian By Herbert Moyo 18 September 2015 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s latest Cabinet reshuffle, his fourth since December, has increased the size of his government to a staggering 66 ministers and their deputies. Analysts described the move as further proof of Mugabe’s preoccupation with costly patronage politics while Zimbabwe is groaning under a […]

Makorokoto, Amhlophe Archer Clothing

Blog by David Coltart May 1 2015 Yesterday the Mayor of Bulawayo launched Archer Clothing’s “Employment ladder” which notifies the public of the current employment levels of Archer Clothing Company at its prominent site on the Plumtree Road. The Mayor pulled the indicator up to 500, being the number of people now employed there and […]

Comment by Senator David Coltart regarding President Mugabe’s reversal of Finance Minister Chinamasa’s civil service bonus policy

Comment by Senator David Coltart April 20 2015 Poor old Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister, has been forced to eat humble pie by President Mugabe this weekend. Having announced that the civil service annual bonus would not be paid in 2015 and 2016 as part of government’s austerity measures, Chinamasa was put down very publicly […]

The Global Search for Education: Got Mobile? Get it Right! By C. M. Rubin 21st September 2014 “Globally, more than 6.5 billion mobile contracts exist today. If each person has two contracts, then mobile is already in the hands of around half the world.” — Gavin Dykes The latest Education Fast Forward debate (EFF11) focused on which elements we should consider when we create […]

A report on a conference “Detecting and Deterring Electoral Fraud and Malpractices in Africa”

The Electoral Integrity Project By Dr Ferran Martinez i Coma of the Electoral Integrity Project, University of Sydney 19th May 2014 A conference “Detecting and Deterring Electoral Fraud and Malpractices in Africa” was held in Windhoek (Namibia) from 12 to 15 May.  The event was organized by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and the Institute for Public Policy Research and it […]

Namibian Electoral law reforms under scrutiny

New Era By Mathias Haufiku 17th May 2014   WINDHOEK – The Electoral Commission of Namibia  (ECN) is not impressed with lawmakers scrambling to amend the electoral law only during an election year. “For those of us who are believers in democracy and governance I must admit that changing laws in an election year is not […]