Supporting calls for Kirsty Coventry to resign, lawyer and former government minister David Coltart, said today that Coventry should resign as she risks being culpable of ongoing government violence against Zimbabweans.
I don’t think Fadzayi is going low, if anything I think she is trying to help one of our national icons who is not a politician but whose fine name is now being destroyed by politics. I agree with Fadzayi – Kirsty should get out because if she stays on she will be culpable. https://t.co/j4KwCUuXw7
— David Coltart (@DavidColtart) January 20, 2019
Coltart was responding to a conversation started by another prominent lawyer, Fadzai Mahare, who said she respected Coventry’s decision to stay on but questioned how she’d be able to dissociate herself from the liability of the conduct of a Government she’s part of.
Rumour circulated last week that Coventry had resigned. However she said she would stay on and that she believed sports (which she’s a minister of) is part of the solution.
Some on Twitter have questioned why calls to resign have focused on Kirsty Coventry and not other ministers. Such calls, it has been said are based on her race and a messiah complex:
So the logic behind urging Kirsty Coventry stems from the perpetuation of the “White Messaih” complex. In their minds Her resignation will be seen as a validation of their struggle and get more traction. I will never understand this kind of “thinking”
— African (@ali_naka) January 18, 2019
A few people, such as 2018 presidential election candidate, Noah Manyika, called on Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube to resign too.
No one should be surprised by what the Zimbabwean authorities are doing. This is who they really are and have always been. They won’t be changed by local or international goodwill. If Mthuli Ncube and Kirsty Coventry have any decency, they will resign now.
— Dr Noah Manyika (@drnmanyika) January 15, 2019
The Zimbabwean security agents have gone on a campaign of retribution on Zimbabweans for protests on 14 January 2019. it has been reported that as many as 12 people have died from the violence on Zimbabweans, most of them men from high density surburbs in Harare.
The January 2019 Protests was civil unrest and riots that occurred in Zimbabwe and the violent response from the government from 14 to 16 January 2019. There are different figures provided on the number of people that died but a common figure is 5, most... Read More About January 2019 Protests
Kirsty Leigh Coventry is a Zimbabwean swimmer and the Minister of Youth, Sports, and Recreation. Kirsty won several medals in recent Olympics over the years. She made history at the Sydney Olympic games by winning several medals and becoming the most successful Zimbabwean athlete at... Read More About Kirsty Coventry
David Coltart is a Zimbabwean lawyer, human rights advocate and politician. he is a member of the MDC party led by Welshman Ncube.In January of 2018 Senator Coltart issued an apology for his role as a member of the British South African Police in sustaining... Read More About David Coltart