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David Coltart views anyone he disagrees with as corrupt and this is his office:”Don’t do the bidding for corrupt people.”




02 Oct, 2022 – 00:10
Mkhululi Sibanda, Assistant Editor

FOR years, Citizens Coalition for Change treasurer Mr David Coltart has presented himself as a human rights advocate, who abhors injustice but not on the hands of natives of Kezi where he served as part of the brutal Rhodesian forces in the 1970s.

Mr Coltart has always been at pains trying to justify his involvement in the abuse of blacks when he was a cop based at Kezi Police Station in Matabeleland South Province. But his victims still remember his alleged heavy handedness on blacks particularly those who were involved in nationalist politics to unseat the white minority rule.

One of his victims, now businessman Cde Rabson Mfana Dube, says in 1977 he found himself thrown into custody for 111 days after Mr Coltart allegedly arrested him “without evidence”.Cde Dube was accused of facilitating the trafficking of youths into neighbouring Botswana to join the armed struggle.

Cde Dube said although he was involved in the movement of youths into neighbouring countries to train as freedom fighters, on the day, he was arrested by Mr Coltart there was no evidence linking him to what he was accused of.

Mr Dube was then working as a bus conductor for Pelandaba Bus Services, which played an important role in the transmission of messages and material supplies tofreedom fighters during the armed struggle.

“The first time I was arrested was in 1977 at Sun Yet Sen by David Coltart, yena lowu uColtart. There were boys who had left school at Gloag Mission, a boarding school in Bubi District. Among those boys was Mathemba Sibanda, the son of the late well known Kezi businessman, Siteba Sibanda. Those boys boarded our bus at Renkini in Bulawayo but they were not part of those recruited by Zapu, so we were not aware of their activities. They did not follow the protocol. Their destination was Mtshumayeli Stores. So, when we got to Kezi Business Centre, Mathemba disembarked and met a former Gloag pupil who had been his schoolmate. Excited Mathemba told that former schoolmate that he was leaving for the war on that day. Unbeknown to him that former schoolmate had joined the Rhodesian police force and was based in Kezi. So, on the way we got to a roadblock and Mathemba was arrested but since he had not disclosed that they were many, his schoolmates managed to proceed and we dropped them off at Mtshumayeli Stores.”

Cde Dube said on their way back to Bulawayo the following morning that was when he was arrested at a roadblock that had been set up by Mr Coltart and other officers. The roadblock was near Sun Yet Sen, which is south of Maphisa Growth Point.

“Among the police officers kwakulejoni (white policeman) and that officer was David Coltart. I was accused of recruiting terrorists. The regime officers demanded that they go through the ticket book to check whether there were people who had dropped off at Mtshumayeli Stores. Coltart and his colleagues then took me to Sun Yet Police Station where I was detained for seven days. After that I was moved to Kezi Police Station where I was further detained for 14 days.From there I was taken to Gwanda where I was detained for 90 days. The conditions were terrible as during that time I did not bath. I was still wearing the same clothes I was caught putting on. When I was released, I was scantily dressed and someone had to give me a pair of overalls.”

Contacted for comment, Mr Coltart was livid and accused this reporter of doing the bidding for “corrupt people”. He even asked this reporter where he originally comes from and when told that it was Kezi he said:

“You need to honour the history of Joshua Nkomo. Don’t do the bidding for corrupt people.” Dr Nkomo came from Kezi.

He said what Cde Dube said was “absolutely untrue and a total fabrication of events laced with a political agenda”. Asked whether during his time in Kezi he never made any arrests, Mr Coltart said he had made some arrests, but still accused Cde Dube of fabricating events.

In his autobiography titled The Struggle Continues 50 YearsOf Tyranny in Zimbabwe, Mr Coltart writes that he trained as a police officer at Morris Depot under Squad 7/75 and was adjudged as the best recruit before he was posted to Kezi Police Station.

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Al Jazeera’s Gold Mafia Exposé Confirms Brian Kazungu’s Theory of Primitive Politics and The Poverty Machinery



In a shocking turn of events, a series of exposés on the gold smuggling cartels by Al Jazeera has ripped the veil off the deeply entrenched and sinister economic saboteurs operating in Southern Africa.

The investigations reveal a twisted network of illegal gold smuggling, money laundering, and corruption festering at the highest levels of governments in the SADC region especially in Zimbabwe.

Several high-profile individuals including a ‘prophet’ and presidential envoy, Ambassador Uebert Angel, the president’s niece, Henrietta Rushwaya as well as businessmen Ewan Macmillan, Kamlesh Pattniand and Alistair Mathias have been implicated.

These revelations corroborate the unsettling theories presented in my book, “ PRIMITIVE POLITICS AND THE POVERTY MACHINERY:”

Al Jazeera’s investigations report on gold smuggling from Zimbabwe to Dubai, unearthing the alarming magnitude of illegal gold mining and smuggling activities in the region.

Moreover, the exposés also unveiled the sinister use of South African banks to launder money from the illicit gold trade, with smugglers greasing the palms of bank officials to enable their operations.

These shocking reports have ignited a firestorm of outrage among Zimbabweans, who are demanding accountability from their government.

Zimbabwe’s government in response to these exposés said it has initiated an investigation into gold smuggling, but many people including political commentators, politicians and the general public dismissed this as a mere useless political public relations stunt.

In my book, Primitive Politics and the Poverty Machinery – I emphasize that Politics deals with the administration of societal affairs towards enhancing interpersonal interaction for a peaceable co-existence in progressively adapting to the dictates of nature.

As a way of making the subject simpler, I added that – Politics in general entails the creation, provision, maintenance, development and promotion of a conducive environment for a harmonious and progressive interaction of humanity in a given territory.

The book, Primitive Politics and The Poverty Machinery is written in a way that helps you as the reader to see that you are an active participant in shaping the socio-economic and political reality of your community regardless of whether you do it knowingly or unknowingly.

In “Primitive Politics and the Poverty Machinery,” I highlight how countries get ensnared in a vicious cycle of poverty and underdevelopment, fueled by redundant political systems and an appalling lack of accountability. I also emphasize the need for a political consciousness in every community in order to shatter this cycle and forge a brighter future across the world.

Much of the shocking revelations around the Gold Mafia saga can be traced back to a leadership crisis which usually emanates from a lack of informed participation by the electorate on community and political matters.

In a book titled, THE PRACTICAL EXECUTIVE:, I described leadership as the creation, provision, maintenance and promotion of a conducive environment or platform for the progressive and harmonious interaction of factors of production or for the effective utilization of resources.

Leadership is a very critical element in defining and determining the socio-economic as well as political and spiritual reality of people in a given community.

In the same book, I also defined management as the effective, progressive and harmonious integration of factors of production towards the attainment of a set objective.

As such, from these definitions, it is easier to clearly see that the prevalence of social ills such as corruption and its effects such as poverty and crime reflect on the failure to lead and manage by those who are mandated by the masses to be in charge of national resources.

The appalling gold mafia exposés bolster my arguments, illustrating how corruption and illegal activities perpetrated by the powerful elite perpetuate poverty and underdevelopment.

Such revelations also accentuate the urgency of addressing these issues, as they directly impact the lives and well-being of millions of people.

The profound insights offered in my book and by Al Jazeera’s exposés underscore the necessity for a new wave of political consciousness in Africa and the world at large.

The recent exposés have thrust the sinister underbelly of politics and corruption in Africa into the spotlight and have thus set the onus on the people and their respective leaders to take the crucial steps to dismantle the primitive politics and poverty machinery that have shackled the continent for far too long.

In order to make a lasting impact and break the chains of corruption and poverty, there must be a commitment towards fostering a new generation of ethical and responsible leaders through focusing on education, transparency, and grassroots activism.

It is my hope that through my literary work and the continued efforts of journalists like those at Al Jazeera, we can raise awareness of the primitive politics and poverty machinery phenomenon, and inspire people to make better political decisions, especially through informed voting.

In addressing the scourge of social ills such as corruption and many other forms of crime, I strongly believe that literature and the art industry can be powerful tools for making the populace conscious of the effect and impact of informed political participation in their communities.

For example, in my poetry anthology titled GENERAL EMERITUS – WISDOM, MYSTERIES AND DARK SAYINGS:, I have some poems such as The Bewitched Continent, The Evil Liberator, The Gods of Politics and The Corridors of Power etc. which all shed light on the impact of politics in society.

I, therefore, believe that these Al Jazeera exposés and many literary works by other authors will serve as a wake-up call, a rallying cry for those who have been silenced and prejudiced.

For a better world to exist, people from across the world must not just stand idle while the primitive politics and poverty machinery phenomenon continue to undermine the well-being of humanity.

The primitive politics and poverty machinery phenomenon is not restricted to Zimbabwe alone; it actually permeates the political and economic fabric of many countries across the world, thus perpetuating a cycle of poverty and disenfranchisement for millions globally.

Africa as a continent is brimming with potential – rich in resources, culture, and creativity – and thus it is the collective responsibility of its citizenry to ensure that this potential is unlocked for the betterment of its people through political consciousness as highlighted in the book Primitive Politics and The Poverty Machinery.

In the aftermath of Al Jazeera’s exposés, it is clear that people must act swiftly and decisively to eradicate the primitive politics and poverty machinery phenomenon from their communities.

I believe that my book will continue to fuel conversations about the primitive politics and poverty machinery phenomenon and that people from across the world will not let these discussions fade into the background.

The global citizenry must therefore keep the momentum going by encouraging more in-depth investigations, pushing for transparency and accountability, and advocating for policy reforms that address the root causes of corruption, exploitation, and poverty.

People must foster a culture of collaboration among various stakeholders in the fight against corruption and poverty and this includes governments, civil society organizations, businesses, and individuals working together to create sustainable communities.

It is imperative for people to continue supporting and amplifying the voices of investigative journalists, whistleblowers and authors who risk their lives to expose the truth since by bringing these stories to light, they play an invaluable role in holding the powerful to account and exposing the corrupt networks that perpetuate poverty and inequality.

In conclusion, the recent Al Jazeera exposés, coupled with the insights that I provided in the book, Primitive Politics and The Poverty Machinery, serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need for action to tackle corruption and poverty in Africa.

It is only through collective effort, unwavering commitment, and unyielding determination that the primitive politics and poverty machinery phenomenon can be uprooted. #GoldMafia #AlJazeeraExposé #PrimitivePolitics #PovertyMachinery #ZimbabweCorruption #UebertAngel #BrianKazungu #MoneyLaundering #GoldSmuggling #PoliticalAccountability #AfricanLeaders #FightForJustice #AfricaRising

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