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We need to stabilise the country – David Coltart

Published: February 21, 2009


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ZimEye(Harare) Zimbabwe’s Sports minister, David Coltart has defended himself on his recent announcement in which he said that ‘New Zealand has an obligation to tour Zimbabwe and that if needed, he will travel to New Zealand to persuade the government to allow the New Zealand team to tour Zimbabwe’. David was responding to an opinion article published on the ZimEye on Saturday Below is his detailed response.



‘…there has to be a quid pro quo – that is our position. All the sanctions must be lifted only when people like Roy are released and there is complete liberalisation, not before. But there can be interim measures taken to relax pressure which must be seen as part of the process of opening up the country. Likewise the call for NZ is not made in a vacuum – the broader issues have to be addressed and I have stated in the same interview that my intention is to tackle corruption within cricket.



But we desperately need to stabilise the country and to lift morale and that is why the call was made. When FW De Klerk released Mandela the SA team was invited to the West Indies- well before the Kempton Park initiative was finished – all as a confidence building measure – the same applies here. We are working tirelessly to address the fact that Roy and others are rotting in jail and the thugs are still in control of many aspects of our life (not just cricket) but that must not stop us from trying to stabilise the country – as evidenced by Morgan’s appeal to the SA Govt yesterday. Regards, Dave


Coltart is Zimbabwe’s new Minister of Education, Sports and Culture.(ZimEye, Zimbabwe)


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6 Comments on "We need to stabilise the country – David Coltart"

  1. Tarisai Gwenure on Sat, 21st Feb 2009 9:43 pm 

    I totally agree with Coltart. Wise man from Gweru

  2. graham on Sat, 21st Feb 2009 10:14 pm 

    zimbabwe has to be taken back from the thugs

  3. Anold Pensi on Sun, 22nd Feb 2009 2:05 am 

    David Coltart has no right whatsoever to tell the New Zealanders that they have an “obligation”. How arrogant can you get? As a New Zealander I am offended.
    This GNU needs to provide tangible evidence that there is return to the rule of law and that Zimbabweans are no longer being abused by a hostile regime.

    Mr Tsvangirai has called for the release of all political prisoners but his call has fallen on deaf ears. What’s worse, the abductions continue. The abuse continues and some people chose to ignore this.
    Get real Mr Coltart, show us proof that this GNU is working and that the people are now free. As a New Zealander, I believe you have an “obligation” to show us evidence.

  4. ********************************* on Sun, 22nd Feb 2009 8:55 am 

    You guys from New Zealand are short sighted, selfish, and misconstrued. Your concern should have been for the millions who are dying from hunger, Cholra, HIV and persecution. Arnold Pensi, you are a selfish mole!

    YOu people in the Diaspora supporting this rubbish are equaly incompetent.

  5. The Serpent on Sun, 22nd Feb 2009 3:53 pm 

    Conrad is it you *********. Do you think the effort of this little monkey “Coltart” will serve the dying people?

    Things are worserning pal, until Mugabe and his cronies bring back Zim wealty stuffed in foreign banks, perhaps things will normalise.

  6. Conrad Hombakuramwa on Mon, 23rd Feb 2009 10:05 am 

    Yes its me Ho!

    I think though that in the interests of Zimbabwean and the country at large, we neeed to moderate our ANTI-Mgabe pproach – my thinking!

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