Coltart appalled by Commonwealth and Britain
According to NewZimbabwe.com, the opposition politician accused "the (Mnangagwa) regime of brazenly violating the country's constitution by refusing to open up State media".
A member of MDC party led by Professor Welshman Ncube, Coltart said Zanu-PF was refusing to open up State media in violation of section 61(4) of the constitution, in addition to firing of striking nurses without following due process.
"I'm utterly appalled by @ Commonwealth and the #British government feting the Zimbabwe regime as it brazenly violates our constitution refusing to open up State media in violation of section 61(4) and by firing nurses without due process and all rest," said Coltart on Twitter.
I am utterly appalled by the @Commonwealth18 and the British Government feting the #Zimbabwe regime as it brazenly violates our Constitution - refusing to open up State media in violation of Sec 61(4), firing nurses without due process and all the rest.— David Coltart (@DavidColtart) April 20, 2018
The UK government has actively engaged with efforts by Mnangagwa's government to improve relations which had been frosty for nearly two decades under former president Robert Mugabe.
Britain recently invited Zimbabwe for a roundtable meeting on the side-lines of the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit in London.
With respect Minister Johnson - what reform are you talking about? Other than fine words there is little meaningful reform I can see. Are you determined to look the other way as your predecessors did in 1983? Because of my Scottish roots I am utterly... https://t.co/4c8JsgtJGR— David Coltart (@DavidColtart) April 20, 2018
UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson also told media that his country would back a Zimbabwe bid to re-join the Commonwealth if elections scheduled for between July and August go smoothly.