Senator David Coltart
Full bio and background
Since returning to Zimbabwe in 1983 David Coltart has been one of Zimbabwe’s preeminent human rights lawyers. In the 1980s and 1990s he represented or advised many leading opposition politicians from Joshua Nkomo’s ZAPU party and Zimbabwe’s first back Chief Justice Enock Dumbutshena’s Forum party. In 1999 Morgan Tsvangirai asked him to become the founding legal secretary of the MDC. Since then he has been an MP and then Senator until July 2013 when he narrowly lost his seat in the highly controversial Zimbabwean general election held on the 31st July 2013. Since 2009 he has been Zimbabwe’s Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture.