Featuring the author David Coltart, Senator, Human Rights Lawyer, and Former Minister of Education, Zimbabwe; with comments by Mark Bellamy, Former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya; Warburg Professor of International Relations, Simmons College; moderated by Marian L. Tupy, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity, Cato Institute.
As a young man, David Coltart was urged by Robert Mugabe to return
from South Africa to Zimbabwe, where Coltart rose to become senator
and education minister. But, as Mugabe became increasingly
dictatorial, Coltart became one of Mugabe’s favorite targets of
vilification. Coltart was branded a traitor to the state and worthy
of remaining in Zimbabwe only as a resident of one of its prisons.
For three decades, Coltart has kept detailed notes and records of
all his work, including a meticulous diary of cabinet meetings.
Coltart’s book deals with the last 60 years of Zimbabwe’s history:
from the obstinate rule of Ian Smith that provoked Rhodesia’s
Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Britain in 1965, to the
civil war of the 1970s, the Gukurahundi genocide of the 1980s,
Robert Mugabe’s war on white landowners, and the struggles waged by
Coltart’s party — the Movement for Democratic Change. Coltart
will also discuss one of his key concerns: the role of political
extremists who have consistently subverted Zimbabwe’s chances of
realizing its true potential.