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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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Was the Judge President on point in removing the Sybeth Musengezi matter from the roll after an appeal application was launched? Yes or No



ED Legitimacy: High Court Removes Sybeth Musengezi’s Case From The Roll

The High Court Monday removed from the roll Sybeth Musengezi‘s application in which he is challenging President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legitimacy as leader of the ruling ZANU PF party.

This was done to allow the Supreme Court to deal with an appeal filed by Musengezi challenging the joining of a fellow party activist, Goodson Nguni on behalf of the ruling party, in the proceedings.
High Court judge president Justice Mary Zimba Dube said it would not make sense to proceed with the trial when the appeal has not been heard.

Musengezi, however, said this was unfair as he wants the matter brought to finality, NewZimbabwe reported. He said:

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The judge president said she is removing the matter from the roll pending the Supreme Court appeal that we launched last week against the joining of Nguni and his organisation. So, she can only give us a set-down date once we have an outcome from the supreme court.

We launched the appeal last week so we are expecting to hear from the Supreme Court any time from now because we appealed on an urgent basis.

Personally, I don’t think it is a fair decision but when I tried to ask she said this is the only way to go because we cannot still have the matter on the roll when we have a pending appeal at the High Court.

Musengezi approached the High Court last year claiming that Mnangagwa’s ascendancy to power in November 2017 was unconstitutional hence the need to invalidate it.

He later filed another application seeking to bar Mnangagwa from calling and or presiding over a ZANU PF Congress scheduled for this October saying he is illegitimate and hence has no right to preside over party events.

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