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The Struggle Continues: 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe

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David Coltart’s roots in Africa might be deep generational ones but his love for and commitment to the country he grew up in, Zimbabwe, goes far beyond the accident of birth. This is an authoritative work, spanning the last 60 years of Zimbabwe’s history, told from the unique perspective of a first-hand witness.

Reflecting his career initially as a human rights lawyer in Bulawayo and later, from 2000, as a member of Parliament for the MDC opposition party, Coltart’s personal narrative is compelling and his scope broad. With sharp insight and intelligent analysis, he is as unsparing of himself as he is of those who continue to wash their hands in the blood of a traumatised people.

Coltart throws new light on the shaping and undoing of a country, from the obstinate racism of Ian Smith that provoked Rhodesia’s UDI from Britain in 1965, the civil war of the 1970s which brought independence and hopeful democracy to a scarred nation, the Gukurahundi genocide of the 1980s and the terror of the Fifth Brigade, to Mugabe’s war on white farmers and the urban poor, and seemingly unshakeable grip on power.

Fearless in his championing of peace, non-violence and justice and in speaking truth to power, Coltart was branded by Mugabe as a traitor to the state and survived several attempts on his life. Through it all he kept meticulous notes, records, letters and diaries, much of which is source material for this book.
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