David Coltart joins Mutambara faction

THE self-appointed negotiator in the opposition MDC split, David Coltart, has joined the Arthur Mutambara-led faction putting to an end speculation about his political future.

Coltart, who was flanked by Mutambara and his deputy Gibson Sibanda, announced his decision at a

press conference held in Bulawayo yesterday He said there were a lot of factors that led him to join the Mutambara faction.

“An overwhelming majority of people I consulted were not in favour of me leaving politics,” said Coltart.

“A small number of people were in favour of me becoming an independent. However, I am convinced that is simply not feasible for both constitutional and practical reasons.”

Coltart said his decision to join the Mutambara camp was also influenced by the results of the Budiriro by-election.

“I am pleased that I have been able to make this decision after the results of the Budiriro by-election. Since adopting my position of neutrality seven months ago, I have been accused of fence-sitting which also implies that I have been waiting to see which way the wind would blow.

“I trust my decision today will lay to rest those accusations. I have solely based my decision on principle and I am pleased that no-one can accuse me of acting expediently in the aftermath of the Budiriro by-election,” he said.

Coltart said he would rather have lost his seat in parliament than compromise certain principles that are fundamental to his belief system.

“The Budiriro by-election shows that the pro-democracy faction of the MDC has a mountain to climb if it is ever to govern Zimbabwe,” he said. “However, I am not impressed by mere numbers. I was never impressed by the overwhelming majority of support Zanu PF received in the 1980s when its leaders were then committing crimes against humanity,” he said.

“Likewise today the mere fact that the faction of the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangiari won so convincingly in Budiriro does not in itself persuade me to join that faction.” — Staff Writer.