Friday, 20 January 2017

Coltart hankering for Noble prize for "brave act of defiance" against Mugabe - for selling out.

"What is it about Southern Africa that creates so many moral heavyweights? It seems that adversity and repression in that part of the world stimulate rather than inhibit, and bring out the best in its citizens in response to the worst in its rulers," reported the Financial Times.

"Hence, the region's Nobel Prize winners and feisty clerics, outspoken parliamentarians and courageous activists.

“Whatever the reason for the disproportionate number of these men and women, all prepared to confront power with truth, David Coltart, a 59-year-old Zimbabwe-born civil rights lawyer, deserves to join their ranks.”

The full article, An insider’s account of Mugabe’s regime is also a brave act of defiance, is in Bulawayo 24 opinion column.

Yes, this is true we, in Zimbabwe, have had our lion's share of sung and unsung liberators from tyrants and oppressors but nothing ever changes for the ordinary man and woman because all our liberators, without exception, have all been distracted by the trapping of power and failed to deliver the final blow to end the tyranny or worse, became the tyrant themselves. Senator Coltart is just one such example of hero turned sell-out.

MDC, the party of which Senator Coltart was a senior member, was supposed to implement democratic reforms designed to end vote rigging and deliver free, fair and credible elections, the coup de grace to the Zanu PF dictatorship. They had five years to do this but failed to implement even one reform because they were too busy "enjoying being in government and forgot why they were there," as SADC leaders remarked in sheer exasperation. 

Senator Coltart himself admit in the book of how the MDC leaders failed to do the obvious thing - boycott the elections because of their greedy. 

 “The electoral process was so flawed, so illegal, that the only logical step was to withdraw, which would compel SADC to hold Zanu PF to account. But such was the distrust between the MDC-T and MDC-N that neither could withdraw for fear that the other would remain in the elections, winning seats and giving the process credibility,” he said.

For all the good work Senator David Coltart has done we cannot deny that he sold-out during the GNU and has never even apologized to the people of Zimbabwe. Since when have sell-outs become worthy precipitants of accolades and Noble Prices. If he gets one then so too should Robert Mugabe and many of his Zanu PF thugs, after all they suffered a great deal at the hands of Ian Smith – they fact that they too sold-out after independence to create a corrupt and murderous regime far worse than the Smith’s regime is irrelevant by these new standards!

Senator Coltart the people of Zimbabwe risked life and limp, God knows how many millions of ordinary Zimbabweans have been beaten and raped since 1999 when MDC was formed and over 500 were murdered in 2008 alone, electing you and your fellow MDC friends because you promised to bring democratic change. You had the golden opportunity to bring about the democratic change and you sold-out, that is not “a brave act of defiance”!


Nomusa Garikai said...

Gukurahundi was brought on by President Mugabe because his greed for power and wealth knows no bounds. Sadly there are now many amongst us who are using Mugabe's madness to justify their own tribal agenda. The worst thing that can happen is for Zimbabwe to finally get rid of the Zanu PF spectre but only to be dragged into a tribal strive or worse.

Mugabe is the one who wage the Gukurahundi massacres why have you not taken this up with him all these years instead of blaming every Shona for the tyrant's sins. You are just a coward, picking a fight with everyone else but never those who wrong you!

Nomusa Garikai said...

THE legal dispute over the botched purchase of a US$1,35 million diamond ring between the First Lady Grace Mugabe and Lebanese businessman Jamal Ahmed, has opened a can of worms amid revelations that the Mugabes are paying up to US$500 000 annually in rentals for an upmarket villa in Emirates Hills, Dubai.

I cannot say President Mugabe married Grace in a hurry because I do not know. What I do know is he must be regretting he married her!

Nomusa Garikai said...

“Following recent press reports suggesting that the MDC was somehow at the centre of some discord in CODE, the MDC wishes to set the record straight. Firstly, we reiterate the MDC's unwavering commitment to the building of an all - inclusive coalition of all national and democratic opposition political parties which share the desire to see the end of the painful and ruinous rule of ZANU PF.”

The opposition will never win the coming 2018 elections without implementing the reforms designed to stop Zanu PF rigging the elections. The opposition have failed to get Zanu PF to implement any reforms and are contesting the elections knowing the elections will not free and fair but are going ahead because they know Zanu PF will be throwing a few seats to the opposition.

The opposition does not have the guts to tell the people the truth, that they are selling out for the sake of the scraps.

The formation of the coalition is now being present to the people as the substitute to implementing the reforms when it is not. Tsvangirai won 73% of the vote in the March 2008 elections, by President Mugabe’s own inadvertent admission but after six weeks of recounting the vote this was reduced to 47%. So the coalition can deliver 73% of the vote to the opposition candidate and he/she will still lose if is can be recounted and reduce to 47%!

Tsvangirai and his MDC friends should have boycotted the 2013 elections but individual greed got the better of them as Senator Coltart has readily admitted.

“The worst aspect for me about the failure to agree a coalition was that both MDCs couldn’t now do the obvious – withdraw from the elections,” explained Senator Coltart.

“The electoral process was so flawed, so illegal, that the only logical step was to withdraw, which would compel SADC to hold Zanu PF to account. But such was the distrust between the MDC-T and MDC-N that neither could withdraw for fear that the other would remain in the elections, winning seats and giving the process credibility.”

The ONLY logical thing to do is to demand the implementation of the democratic reform to ensure the elections are free, fair and credible and to boycott elections until the reforms are implemented. MDC sold-out in 2013 and got away with it, they will not do so again in 2018.

Nomusa Garikai said...

When the history of Zimbabwe is written, the world will know that MDC leaders sold-out big time during the GNU. It would be embarrassing to the Noble Prize Committee if history was to question how they had awarded a leading MDC leader a Noble Prize.

In his book, Senator Coltart praised the 2013 constitution, history will judge it for what it is - a wasted opportunity! He being a lawyer and praising such rubbish begs the question of his own competency.