Coltart – the first 50 Wikileaks cables


David Coltart rose to fame in the 1980s when he defended senior Zimbabwe African People’s Union politicians such as Sidney Malunga, Edward Ndlovu and Stephen Nkomo, all dead now, when they were being harassed during the 1980s civil strife when ZAPU was accused of trying to topple President Robert Mugabe’s government. Mugabe was Prime Minister at the time. He then set up the Bulawayo Legal Projects Centre to help those who could not afford lawyers. This further catapulted him to fame leading to his election as a Movement for Democratic Change Member of Parliament in 2000. Coltart was a former member of the Rhodesia police before going to South Africa to study law. He is currently the Minister of Education in the inclusive government. There are more than 100 Wikileaks cables on him. Here are the first 50.

We have classified the cables according to individuals. To read cables on each individual, please use our index:


We have complete cables on:


Tendai Biti (231)

Nelson Chamisa (67)

General Herbert Chingono (1)

Joseph Chinotimba (30)

Phillip Chiyangwa (24)

Ignatius Chombo (63)

Nicholas Goche (85)

Jethro Goko, (2)

Gideon Gono (269)

Obert Gutu (2)

Chenjerai Hunzvi (26)

Learnmore Jongwe (17)

Thokozani Khupe (24)

Grace Kwinje (5)

Joseph Made (64)

John Makumbe (17)

Sydney Masamvu (39)

Tapiwa Mashakada (6)

Strive Masiyiwa (55)

Michael Mataure (3)

Eric Matinenga ( 26)

Jonathan Moyo (226)

Obert Mpofu (46)

Simba Mudarikwa (1)

Grace Mugabe (34)

Joice Mujuru (35)

Solomon Mujuru (86)

Charles Mutama (2)

Didymus Mutasa (84)

Pius Ncube (22)

Trevor Ncube (19)

Geoff Nyarota ()

Fidelis Satuku (1)

Sydney Sekeramayi (3)

Jabulani Sibanda (4)

Edgar Tekere (4)

Eddison Zvobgo (49)


Those not yet complete but already indexed are:


David Coltart (55)

Emmerson Mnangagwa (100)

Robert Mugabe (204)

Arthur Mutambara (100)

Welshman Ncube (91)

John Nkomo (51)

Morgan Tsvangirai (202)


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