David Coltart Responds To Gabriel Chaibva’s Claims He Co-Drafted ZIDERA

Former Bulawayo senator, David Coltart has dismissed his former colleague Gabriel Chaibva’s claims that he is behind the crafting of the Zimbabwe Development Economic Recovery Act (ZIDERA).

Appearing before the Kgalema Motlanthe led Commission of Inquiry yesterday, Chaibva said Coltart edited the ZIDERA draft document which was drafted by Tendai Biti. Coltart said Chaibva’s claims are nonsense. Writing on Twitter today, Coltart said:

I trust that I will be given a right of reply. This is sheer nonsense.

Chaibva is the Executive director of Free and Fair Foundation. Appearing before the Motlante Commission, Chaibva said events of August 1 were synonymous with the violent nature of the MDC-Alliance. Said  Chaibva:

I am a founder member of the MDC party. If you listen to leaders of MDC they say we are a peaceful party and let me be pre-emptive to say that is far from the truth. That is not what they do. There was intra-party violence within the party dating back to 2000 and 2002 towards the presidential elections. In 2005, the party eventually split and the late Ambassador Trudy Stevenson was macheted by the MDC.

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