Coltart’s procrastinated decision evidence of a crippling pandemic

Apparently David Coltart has finally made a decision about his political future. The prominent lawyer, human rights activist, found MDC member, and, I think, Zimbabwe’s sole white male MP aligned himself with the “pro-senate” faction of the MDC. Read his statement here.

Not that anyone was holding their breath.

By his own confession, Coltart was seven months in limbo. Seven months, before acting. Seven months sprinkled with loquacious statements planned to whet the public’s interests in him. Seven months of endless mediocre attempts at mediating the crisis all to naught. Seven months this man has had his way with national politics.

But these have also been seven months during which inflation for the first time passed 1,000%. Seven months during which the poverty datum line shot to over 50 million dollars. Seven months during which the not-so-august house Coltart sits in crafted and tabled a new bill aimed at shutting down sites like this very one and eaves dropping on innocent Zimbabwean’s conversation. Seven months during which Coltart has contributed nothing towards the national debate.

And then he has the gall to publicly announce that he’s now made a decision?

I’m not just jumping onto the bandwagon of Coltart’s critics because he’s chosen (it’s his democratic prerogative to do so) to align himself with the less popular faction of the MDC.

There’s a case I’m building here. It’s a pandemic of a nation’s politician’s placing person before duty.

Zimbabwe’s politicians have a complex regardless of what party or party faction they belong; they take themselves way too seriously. Mr. Coltart’s actions over the last few months illustrate my point well; he chose to mull a personal decision during a period during which he was party to several political decisions which he invested very little time to think them through.

Our politicians make decisions that have national and global ramifications without so much as batting an eyelid, yet it comes to their personal involvement in politics, they take a much more cautious approach. They are in politics for their stomachs and enlarged egos, they haven’t given their lives over to their convictions.

Somehow, Coltart’s continued claims to support democracy ring hollow to me when he hasn’t done anything significant for the progress of said democracy but mull a personal decision for seven months.

This is cheap politics.

None of it escapes the eyes of Zimbabwe’s voting public either; we can see right through their charades. We don’t want boistrous politicians that don’t take action to back up their rhetoric. You must be committed, body, soul, life not just mind and stomach if you want us to entrust you with the honor of making decisions that affect every aspect of our lives.

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