Complaint about Zimbabwe Vigil Diary of 11th October 2014 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 18 October 2014 21:15

From David Coltart to the Vigil – Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2014 9:00 PM

I am sorry you have written such a negative article and wonder whether the person who wrote it was even there and listened to what I had to say - both about education and about the reasons for the crisis it faces. The report is a very sad distortion of the meeting and doesn’t do any justice to the people who run Budiriro Trust - the article implies that they are people living off the fat of the land which couldn’t be further from the truth. I will be interested to see if you have the honour to publish what I have written. Regards, Senator David Coltart


From the Vigil to David Coltart – Sent: Sunday, October 12, 2014 10:54 PM

Dear David – We feel you have misinterpreted our diary. We were not criticising the Budiriro Trust and didn’t even mention it by name. In fact we support their objective which we described as a ‘wonderful goal’. We thought we made clear that our criticism was of the chairman’s refusal to allow ‘political’ questions. As for our reference to NGOs this was not a reference to charities – least of all to the Budiriro Trust which we know is run by volunteers – but to the plethora of professional organisations making a living off the aid industry. We have attended meetings in London where they were present in their hundreds quietly listening to Zanu PF propaganda. Perhaps we could have made this clearer and we will publish your objections in our next diary. One last point, the diary was written by someone at the meeting who felt unable to put what we felt were very important questions about Zanu PF and its failures in the field of education.  Please be assured of our continuing respect for your work. Zimbabwe Vigil Co-ordinator


From David Coltart to the Vigil – Sent: Monday, October 13, 2014 7:00 AM

Thank you for your prompt reply and explanation. I am grateful that you will publish my objections because I am very impressed with Budiriro Trust and think they deserve fair coverage – many will know from other postings that that is the Trust I spoke on behalf of. Regards, David


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