By Henry Kyambalesa

I have found it hard recently not to comment on calls from some segments of Zambian society for Vice President George Kunda to be arrested or to resign. But after analyzing his utterances when he was featured on Radio Phoenix’s “Government and You” program on 20th December 2009, it would be unpatriotic for me not to bolster such calls. In fact, it would be irresponsible for any patriotic Zambian not to join the bandwagon!

While on the radio program, Kunda accused Fred M’membe of trying to take over state power by scheming to control the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and other constitutional offices for the purpose of making money. He also found it necessary to urge Hakainde Hichilema to leave the PF-UPND pact – a complete departure from the theme of the radio program by the country’s Vice President who has seemingly found it necessary to delve into partisan politics as if such a duty is prescribed in his job description!

What kind of national leader is this who could make statements that are laughable even to a five-year-old?

Such statements would be excusable if they were made by any of the riff-raffs in the MMD. The learned lawyer is clearly no longer of a sound mind! This perhaps explains his inability to see anything wrong with enacting legislation designed to muzzle private media institutions so that they can become propaganda tools for the government like ZNBC, ZANIS, Times of Zambia, and Zambia Daily Mail.

The duties of the Republican Vice President and Minister of Justice are too consequential to be discharged by a person whose utterances are akin to those of a mentally challenged individual. As Vice President, for example, Kunda (as provided for in Part IV of the 1996 Republican constitution) is expected to preside over Cabinet and/or govern the nation if and when any of the following obtains with respect to the incumbent Republican President: absence from office, resignation, impeachment, death, or incapacitation (mental or physical).

Kunda’s behavior is clearly inimical to the security and constitutional rights and freedoms of the citizenry. In fact, his insinuations of wrong doing by selected members of society can very easily lead to assassinations of innocent citizens by loyal members of the country’s security wings. If any of the citizens who are constantly being targeted for unwarranted criticism by Kunda were to be killed in unexplained circumstances, for example, the MMD government would find it hard to exonerate itself from being culpable.

I, therefore, wish to urge President Rupiah Banda to retire Comrade Kunda in the national interest. If he ever wishes to spearhead the creation of a more just, more democratic and more peaceful society, he needs to heed this piece of advice. If the President is reluctant to retire Kunda, members of his family should advice him to retire if they really care for him and for the well-being of the nation at large than to let him continue to make highly questionable and alarming statements in public.

As it is often said, prevention is better than cure – and such prevention needs to be timely!

I, of course, make this suggestion knowing very well that the President has confessed publicly that he is an arrogant and stubborn man who does not take advice from anyone outside his inner circle.

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54 COMMENTS

  1. When did the appointing powers of the Zambian presidency become a discretion of each and every jerk waffling?

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  2. While I feel I should not spoil Henry’s Christmas dinner, I am compelled to comment on Henry’s style of writing. This writing does not seem balanced to me. Much of it is personal opinion than what exactly took place. Tell us what sources are saying, because as much we will not like George Kunda as a person, we will replace him with somebody else if we believe what you are saying, and so the need for you to analyse issues and not tissues. I really would like to hear substance and reason rather than opinion. You sound like you would be worse off in George’s position, and so why should I believe you.

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  3. True patriots and smart enterprising Zambians observe the channels of communications in petitioning the head of state with technical legal grounds at hand of why the head of state should disappoint his state security screened, vetted and cleared appointee.If the head of state started dancing to the whims of every bitter, jealous and mischievous barking surrogate dog, he would become a rubber stamp and the nation would be heading for anarchy at the hands of these anarchists.Doesn’t this surrogate know where State house, MMD secretariat,Secretary to the Cabinet and OOP(SD) offices are besides many senior links of RB like KK and some senior lawyers? Does RB now receive his memos in blogs? Rubbish!

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  4. I have seen this rubbish on the internet feeder engine for mass mailing.Its not only rubbish but a garbage in garbage out spam to be trashed.No time for it.If this Kyambalesa has morals let him speak on the PF decision of Sata on posthumously honoring the late murderous Mushalas on Kyambalesa’s own kaonde people.

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  5. PF and Sata to posthumously honor late heinous terrorists brothers Simbwende and Adamson Mushala with GOEZ medals

    On Saturday in the PF central committee met in Lusaka and Michael Sata said Bates Mushala the young brother to the fallen terrorists must be be accepted in PF ranks to stir North Western party Membership.Mr Sata said he would post posthumously honor and bestow the GOEZ medal on his late brothers a decade old request from Bates consecutive MMD administrations have been trashing.

    Bates Mushala was nominated MMD provincial Chairman for 13 months but when MMD realized he was ineffective, unsellable to the unforgiving people over the Mushala’s murderous years, MMD dropped him from leadership. He remained a dormant ordinary member for the last 8 years with his rejected call…

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  6. Bates Mushala was nominated MMD provincial Chairman for 13 months but when MMD realized he was ineffective, unsellable to the unforgiving people over the Mushala’s murderous years, MMD dropped him from leadership. He remained a dormant ordinary member for the last 8 years with his rejected call for a honorable legacy that never were of his murderous late brothers Simbwende and Adamson Mushala.

    Why should the Zambian Government honor and reward the two monstrous terrorists Mushala for killing all the Kaondes at his hand when Alice Lenshina remains a disgraced monster? Isn’t that madness that Sata is pledging to uphold the terrorists monsters’ legacy with medals?

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  7. Zambia lost citizens and members of the defense forces in purging the Mushalas, why the GOEZ honor pledges Sata?

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  8. #3 Observer – Good logical points you have raised. Henry has been blogging negatives about the government for some time now. What I know is that Henry is a brilliant fellow who was lecturing at CBU in the 1990s and went to the USA to pursue his PhD and has never been back. His reliable source of information on Zambian politics, it seems, is the decidedly anti-government Post newspaper whose agenda is now well known to all and sundry. I would urge Henry to be a little bit more demure and patriotic and start blogging on issues without his unfathomable bitterness and rancour unparalled in academia.

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  9. sometimes i just laugh: who is is George Kunda? this mwanawasa’s true legacy and now people donot want mwanawasa’s legacy or maybe its sata who is making noise.

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  10. Observer #1, 3-7- My brother, my advice to you is to check yourself in a hospital of he mentally challenged.
    You blogs do not relate to the topics at hand which leads me to challenge your capacity to apprehend issues being debated logically.

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  11. The head injuries that the late President suffered in a road traffic incident on airport road early in MMD era was a source of concern to the Zambian people. He was called ‘cabbage’ and so on. But there is another insidious condition that certain people may suffer from known as progressive multi-focal encephalopathy. This condition is believed to be an opportunistic infection and leads to a dementia like illness. Albeit it has become less common in this era, but it could still be the problem with certain individuals. I hope none of the decision makers in Zambia are afflicted.

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  12. And there goes the last strand of respect I had for this Kyambalesa fellow. Of all the goings to write about, this was the last thing I would expect an intelligent person purpoting to be a political analyst, would write about.

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  13. #12 THE SAINT:
    The same head injuries Mwanawasa suffered did not stop him from carrying out his duties as one of Zambia’s top lawyers if not the best and when he eventually became President he also performed his duties well whilst people in Zambian tarvens and blogs like this one kept calling him a cabbage.
    I wonder why you found it necessary to mention Mwanawasa’s injuries in relation to the dementia like illness you’re talking about because Mwanawasa never showed any signs of dementia,all i remember was his slurred speech and problems with blood pressure & blood sugar!

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  14. # 10 mule,

    I refer you to my entry # 3 and 4.If this garbage makes sense to you and you cannot take my advise in # 3 particularly that is your own failure.I have detailed why i have posted challenges to Henry on Mushala.His article is rubbish and he must tell us if indeed those fallen terrorists Mushala brothers deserve the GOEZ honor as Sata has pledged to Bates as grounds of admission to PF.Isn’t that same as honoring Osama or indeed fallen Lumpa Sect founder Mama Alice Lenshina a sect Sata and Samuel Mukupa belonged to?????

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  15. Actually Kyambalesa has been runing an internet based party of bloggers since 1998 hearding nowhere with a marxist called MrK.The question is has ever contributed in the appointment of RB’s team members if not why should RB be orded who disappoint and retain? Since he is a party leader, why can’t he just rival RB in 2011 and win over MMD to form his own Government from which he could fire GK if he will ever subscribe to serve in his fictional Government?

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  16. Merry Xmas one and all!
    As this site grows, I am coming to realise that the political themes are becoming as explosive as some of the comments on the blogg. I would really be interested to know if our leaders ever use LT as a valuable norm of public opinnion in its own right?
    Having said this, comments reserved on the lecture at hand.

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  17. HENRY KYAMBALESA SURELY IS IRRATIONAL & IRRESPONSIBLE. WHO DOES HE THINK HE IS? I’M SO DISAPPOINTED WITH HIM & HIS BLOGS.

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  18. Whilets we might not totally agree with Henry’s assertions, i think it would be true to say some of GK’s utterences are really a source of concern. Before we even bring politics ie oppositions parties’ views as well as the Post newspaper’s views, we need to try and evaluate him just as an individual and analyse his performance as such. He has proved to be a very inconsistent person who seems to easily forget things he stoood for yesterday just because today he has a totally different egoistic goal to pursue.
    Cases in point are that he pursued FTJ’s cases vigorously under LPM and today hes’s defending FTJ. Secondly he was once President of LAZ and now hes discrediting the same organisation which he’s still a member of. More to me like throwing a dish togther with the baby after…

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  19. As it were in 2001, 2006 and 2008 so shall it.Every devoted and relevantly engaged patriotic Zambian with MMD membership knows that ‘Banda is our final candidate’ and will deliver on this task and vow.We pay allegiance to the flag, the country and MMD’s collective choice for continuity with RB.Gambling with retarded unpatriotics based on their hallucinations is treasonous.Those who doubt our collective resolve are free to go because they are irrelevant in the our campaign trail of 2011.We need only a core of clearly screened and vetted loyal patriots and not flyers by night surrogates for the 2011 victory over-drive.We will deliver and obliterate everyone.From the convention through 2011, we will move with an electrified loyal membership into victory.

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  20. Mr Kunda has totally lost it. The pressures of MMD is affecting his judgement and reasoning. “Little holes can sink a great ship” but MMD doesn’t realise that there is some genuine people in MMD who are fed up with Rupiah’s mess and they are the ones who will ensure that Rupiah doesn’t set his corrupted feet back in State House come 2011.

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  21. Observer, probably you have failed to observe that there’s nowhere in Kyambalesa’s opinion were Mushala is mentioned. The advice from mule is timely. Can you honestly relate the Kyambalesa story with Mushala or you are just mixed up to an extent you feel you coming when you are going? Probably Mushala and Kyambalesa come from same place but what does that have to do with his opinion? Oh, the way, it is you blogging. Kyambalesa is not blogging here. He gave his opinion and it is us blogging about his opinion.

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  22. # 18, can you give your reasoning for your statement about Kyambalesa? Just saying he is irrational and irresponsible does not sense until you explain why and how.

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  23. The true patriotisims for Zambians that some of us aim for is not about preserving or cementing inequality but chalenging both, which was the whole purpose of fighting colonialism.
    The demand for freedom either from colonial or Zambian initiated tyranny is the same, self preservation and these views in the long term will hold authenticity because, suffering from any quater is suffering the same and probably worse as you except your own to undestand you better.
    We have Zambians who are happy to see other Zambians living in inequality and willing to defend it.
    Go out in Kanyama and other even worse situations in Zambian villages, see what you observe yourselves? See how those that you put into power live like. Then make your choice. I am no fool and yes patriotic to the common Zambian

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  24. At the end of the day, the true Zambian should be championing the aspirations of the Zambian people and not self? who honestly is doing that or did that apart from the Kaundas, Kapwepwes, Bulawayos, Sipalos, Nkumbulas, Mundianas????. People who sacrificed, sad some of them ended giving up on attaining power for self glory.
    Where is the fearlessness that drives people to seek justice, economic equality for all and not for self? A lot of us are self seeking and cowards and I include myself in this. Unfortunately cowards dont leave a mark on life. We can cower in our own fear and in the comfort of our ill gained materials, there is a better calling especially now and in the new. This really is a time for serious reflection for us as a people. Enslaved yesterday and today, no, not right??

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  25. Observer, I have gone for Church service, please take advantage as this is the only time you can espouse your cowardly and rotten nonsense. Politics is bread and butter. I will be back.

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  26. To all Zambians Merry Xmas and let us have a new year that adds value to Zambia and Zambians. You are not second rate to anybody and create the situation that does no longer allow you to be second hand citizens in yur own country.
    No more expatriate allowances above national rates, only happens in Africa and the UN , you come into Europe you work for the normal rate and your expertise just allows you to get the job you need.
    Get people with the will and the brains to make a difference. Love Zambia, Love you All, especially the suffering majority who deserve bettert.

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  27. Papita inshiku!! Merry Xmas my zambian brothers and sisters. Kalebalika where ever you are, stay blessed.

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  28. Observer, you sound like Senior Citizen. The author has given good reasons why Banda should retire Kunda in the national interest. It is now your job to explain why Kunda should not be retired rather than just yapping and calling the author names.

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  29. # 15 Observer, you are either mentally sick or you are missing something. Who told you that Samuel Mukupa belonged to Lumpa Sect? Sam Mukupa is staunch Catholic and I can state here that he, Mukupa probably was 2 to 3 years when your sister Lenshina existed. Mukupa was my class mate at Hone, and I know him like I know the back of my hand. Unless you are saying that Catholicism is part of Lumpa, then we can discuss your crazy accusations. I think tomorrow I will play my IP thing to see who this lunatic is. Mukupa was MP for Kaputa in MMD. He left MMD due to FTJ’s crazy 3rd Term cravings that you supported.

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  30. I totally agree with the article Kunda is not of sound mind. Really how can Kunda propose that government should start appoints media managers in private companies. I have never heard of such a policy anywhere. If Kunda wants to fight M`membe he should civilized means other ways than taking the country to stone age. I don’t think a serious president would appoint Kunda to the position of vice president.

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  31. I wish to correct Blog 6 (obsever) Bate Mushala is the son to late Adamson Mushala, However the Late Adamson can be called anything ,he also killed my father,but his aim was not really to be a killer but wanted Multipatism.Now for his son Bate he is not a good leader becoz he has No regard for people,I’m speaking from what I Know of him, As MP for Mufumbwe he never mixed with his supporters. My advise to PF is Mushala won’t to do anything to help the party in the province.Just like sondashi and Kavindele they have no impact In Nothwestern.But people are there who can do it better but Not Mushala.

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  32. I have always warned sound minded bloggers here that we are dealing with a very determined deluded retard named OBSERVER / VETERAN / SENIOR CITIZEN. My humble appeal for next year is that we ought to raise the bar and debate at a level a bit higher than this gentleman’s. In his mind he thinks that what a churns out 24/7 is proper stuff to feed people in 21st century, in his mind we are all MMD riff ruffs that wiggle their waists days on end for our trainee- pilot president at the airports. Am glad most of us are smarter than him and RB put together.
    The problem is RB has abdicated his duties to the psycho in the office of the Vice- president and it won’t be too long before the old man realises that he’s been dealing with a very slippery red-lipped snake all the while.

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  33. Oh so this is what this Kyambalesa writes?I haven’t been reading his articles so this is the 1st one that I’ve read.But why does his name sound like ‘ifyamba’???Someone says he’s Phd so ninshi efyo ba Phd balemba ifi?Awe mwandi cawama lelo twamonako ifyaba Phd pantu tufwafye ati ba Phd,ba Phd!

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  34. Can someone tell me please – Is ‘Observer’ the same guy as ‘ Veteran’ or are they both working for the same boss. I think they should tone down political party line in their blogs.

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  35. Kunda’s HIV status has clearly damaged his ability to reason with clarity. In as much as I appreciate that fact that he was never a lawyer of note, his irresponsible pronouncements and frivolous accusation have become a serious source of embarassment to all in the legal fratenity. One thing he can rest be assured of though is that should anything happen to my brother Fred M’Membe, the good lord god almight knows I with terrible vengence decapitate all involved. I am not KK who forgave Chiluba for slaying Ngwawezi, you touch M’Membe baba you are Penzared>

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  36. Vetran, Observer, Senior Citizen are one and the same person or they work for the same Boss or they have the same Head sickness. They are the only ones who see white when everyone sees Black

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  37. The current crop of leaders we have are a total let down.We`re led by visionless embiciles surrounded by minions.These demagogues neither inspire nor draw the citizenry to a common cause.Zambia is on auto pilot.

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  38. Nomba iwe kyambalesa (Muchinsingu, atti provoking GOD), efinshifi ba failed full bright scholar, bushe mwalipwisha ifisambililo ba mudala imwe, pantu iffi mulembela apa fyabupuba nga ifisambililofyenu. Kapwisheni phd yenu bamudala, nalimichita google nalisangutila tamulapwisha isikulu mwaingililemofye for one year, elo mwaliatusha, kapwisheni, elo mubwele mulandepo fimbi not iffi fyabupuba mwaufwa!!! kwena namu fwa!!!

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  39. I think Henry is right; ba Kunda has a mental problem. I remember when he arrived in Solwezi to campaign for the MMD parliamentary candidate la couple of months ago, he started talking about MMD’s desire to maintain the declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation, and that HH was in Solwezi to campaign for Sata. Solwezi residents were expecting him to talk about development programs earmarked for Solwezi. It does not take a psycho-analyst to tell that Kunda needs to step aside and be with his family and enjoy the money he has made thus far as Veep and Minister of Justice. Keep it up Henry, you are a true patriot with a strong desire to see that Zambia is governed in the best interest of its people.

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  40. Kunda May One Day Face Treason Charges – Sacika” by Chibaula Silwamba (The Post), 27 December 2009:

    VICE-President George Kunda may one day face treason charges, former secretary to the Cabinet Sketchley Sacika stated yesterday.

    In a media statement issued in Lusaka, Dr Sacika stated that government’s talk about media regulation was a smokescreen designed to hide a more sinister motive, which is the desire by the MMD government to re-establish a totalitarian one-party state where they would rule Zambia unchallenged with a token of opposition political parties in Parliament to fool gullible Zambians and the donor community. [Cont’d]

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  41. [Cont’d] “Bringing all local news output under government control is the final stage in this programme. The first stage was to bring all state institutions under the control of the MMD and this has been accomplished. As things stand, there is not a single state institution in Zambia, which is not an appendage of the MMD. Political commissars now run our district administration as district commissioners; political commissars now run our ministries as permanent secretaries, political commissars now head all our government institutions including parastatal organisations,” Dr Sacika observed. “The controversy over the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Judiciary should be viewed in the context because the hallmark of any totalitarian one-party state is the subjugation of state…

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  42. [Cont’d] He stated that what the MMD had achieved was tantamount to a coup d’état against the constitutional order of Zambia and was a danger to democracy.

    Dr Sacika stated that under the existing conditions, free and fair elections were not guaranteed.

    “If the Electoral Commission, which consists of the appointees of the President, rigs the elections, our courts of law will not annul the fraudulent elections because the Judiciary is politically compromised. This is what happened in 2001 when the courts decided not to annul a presidential election, which had been stolen,” Dr Sacika stated. “The MMD is the only political party that uses huge sums of public funds and public facilities and institutions for its operations and it does so illegally. [Cont’d]

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  43. [Cont’d] But the courts are powerless to do anything about it because the unwritten rule is that the ruling party is free to enjoy the fruits of incumbency.”

    Dr Sacika stated that the MMD and Vice-President Kunda’s plan to re-establish totalitarian one-party state was a recipe for social and political disorder in Zambia.

    “The language of George Kunda is that of a person who thinks that he owns the state and that his personal interests are synonymous with those of the state. This is dangerous because people who think like him will do anything, including eliminating their political opponents, to stay in power,” observed Dr Sacika. [Cont’d]

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  44. [Cont’d] “But no condition is permanent in life; there is a beginning and an end to everything. Whoever thought that the Khmer Rouge government officials in Cambodia, who misruled their country more than thirty years ago, would today find themselves in court on genocide charges? One day, George Kunda may find himself in the same position answering treason charges arising from the coup d’état his political party has carried out against the constitutional order of our country.”

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  45. george is a hardworking man who unfortunately has been trying to mould himself into a politician unfortunately the wrongway. he is so obssesed with fred mmemba to the extent 0f reducing himsef and that important office to a cheap cadre. in trying to fight mmemba and the post he has actually just made things worse for rb and the mmd. A vice president should be making friends for the president and not enemies. RB made friends for levy at least . To say the truth he is a quality veep who unfortunately has turned himself into a big liability to RB and RB can continue keping him to his own destruction. Sometimes it is better to drop even a friend for the good of the country . for now george has lost it and adds no value to RB and the mmd. The rest is upto RB

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  46. I find henry a boring political and social analyst as well as comentator.He appeals to emotions and populism and incapable of critical thinking.

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