Former President Rupiah Banda
Former President Rupiah Banda

Following a controversial debacle on 4th July, 2012 in which His Excellency Michael Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, publicly attacked former United States President George W. Bush, Zambia’s immediate-past President Rupiah Banda, has sent a letter to Mr Bush’s offices offering an apology on behalf of the Zambian people.

“It is deeply regrettable that such statements were made on the same day as the celebration of your Independence Day, marking the universally-shared hope of self-determination and freedom that continues to inspire oppressed people of the world,” President Banda wrote in the letter to President Bush.

“No matter what political views different parties may hold, the people of Zambia are peace-loving, welcoming, and focused positively on the future, not the past. We are especially grateful for your generous contribution to women’s healthcare in our country.”

During a ceremony held at State House in Lusaka, President Sata castigated President Bush in front of an audience as a “colonialist” who had returned to pay back the resources that had been stolen from Africa.

And you have all drifted away; you have abandoned Africa after taking all our raw commodities, our raw materials and build your cities,” President Sata said to President Bush at the press conference. “I mean, as far as you are concerned, Africa doesn’t exist. And when we have a former colonialist like you coming back to pay back what you took out of this country, we are grateful.”

“And you have all drifted away; you have abandoned Africa after taking all our raw commodities, our raw materials and build your cities,” President Sata said to President Bush at the press conference. “I mean, as far as you are concerned, Africa doesn’t exist. And when we have a former colonialist like you coming back to pay back what you took out of this country, we are grateful.”

President Banda’s letter to President Bush also recognised the important work of the Pink Ribbon/Red Ribbon charity group.

According to the George W. Bush Presidential Center website, the visit by the former American head of state included the opening of the new African Center of Excellence for Women’s Cancer Control at University Teaching Hospital, the donation of a new electronic hub (e-Hub), and the announcement of aid from Airborne Lifeline, a non-profit organisation that will provide airfreight services for medical equipment and transport medical personnel and patients as well as the support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which has provided the funding for a health promotion manager who will be hired and based in Africa to support PRRR activities

The full text of President Banda’s letter to President Bush can be read below:

43rd President of the United States of America George W. Bush
C/O The George W. Bush Presidential Center
P.O. Box 600610
Dallas, TX 75360
U.S.A.

July 5th, 2012
Lusaka, Republic of Zambia

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing to you on behalf of concerned citizens in Zambia to express our most sincere apologies for statements made by President Michael Sata during your public reception at State House in Lusaka on 4th July, 2012.

These statements, which were not only factually incorrect and undiplomatic, do not represent the true feelings of the Zambian people, who strongly recognise the value of positive relations with the United States of America.

Having recently completed an appointment as a President-in-Residence at Boston University, I had the opportunity to meet with many Zambians living in the U.S. diaspora.

Some of these Zambians were studying to become doctors and engineers, others had risen to prestigious positions in business, while some were looking forward to bringing their new skills back home, contributing to our development as a nation and forging a stronger bilateral bond between the people of the United States and the people of Zambia.

I, for one, have always viewed this as a positive development and something to be encouraged in the future.

It is deeply regrettable that these statements were made on the same day as the celebration of your Independence Day, marking the universally-shared hope of self-determination and freedom.
As our elected head of state, the President is entitled to formulate a foreign policy of his choosing. However, disagreement need not manifest itself in disrespect, and the form and manner in which these statements were made is not representative of our culture.

No matter what political views different parties may hold, the people of Zambia are peace-loving, welcoming, and focused positively on the future, not the past. We are especially grateful for your generous contribution to women’s healthcare in our country, helping us to address urgent humanitarian needs of our people.

We hope that this unpleasant and embarrassing experience will not dissuade you or other former heads of state from collaborating with us on development projects in the future.

Hope, not resentment; hard work, not victimhood; and progress, not retrocession; are the hallmarks of the new Zambia that our people dream of building, and we hope that people of all nations will work with us in pursuing a better future for our people.

Sincerely,
Rupiah Banda
Fourth President of the Republic of Zambia

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224 COMMENTS

  1. Senile imbecile in Plot 1!!! Let the delinquency begin. No more additions

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    • You’ll see his followers will come out to support him and what he said. Birds of the same feather flock together. You cannot reason with kaponyas.

      Argony is when kaponyas outnumber you and vote into power their chief kaponya.

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    • RB and the many unZambian Hegoats are completely wrong to take such matter out of context. Am sure president Sata is a hundred times more intelligent than most of you. Either become intelligent and have the privilege to understand genuises like Sata or shut up altogether.

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    • Sata is a very sad person. He probably suffers from inferiory complex. Does he have friends, apart from his kaponya followers?

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    • There are times when you want to use an opportunity to tell of someone but timing is critical! G W Bush is no longer ruling the US, he is a past president. He is coming to Zambia in a personal benevolent capacity. It is not time to remind him of colonial days! He should have been reminded when he was still in White House. It is better to tell Obama and not Bush. The part of being grateful is eroded when there is a big BUT as you state how grateful you are. As Africans we are very renowned for saying a better thank you than what was said to Bush. It is unfortunate, I think we need to learn how to only open our mouths when it matters most!

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  2. CNP. He doesnt even know how to speak to people. You can disagree without being disagreeable. Its unZambian and most certainly unstatesmanlike. Please take CNP to NIPA so he can be taught the art of diplomacy. Even the people surrounding him should be ashamed!!! He has no idea how to behave as a statesman. We are now the laughing stock of the whole world!

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  3. President Michael Sata was not wrong in any way to make that point. It should be known to these giants that Zambia is not going to be kneeling down! Shame on u LT for recognising Rupiah as Former President and not recognising Sata as President! and Shame on you Rupiah for Kissing the giants feet!!!

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    • Lack of wisdom with our leaders, there is no need to be sarcastic! I thought the big man would remember his Bemba proverb “ukupoka ichinsenda kunkoko, kuunakila,” which simply means, to take back what belongs to you, you need to relax and tactiful. Allow somebody to finish the project that may benefit the lives of many. Train your mouth to cooperate with your mind.  Does mr Sata even have a speech writer or he just says what comes into his mind?

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    • PIXXY YOU ARE A FOOL RB IS RIGHT CHIMBWE NO PLAN IF HE HAS ANY BRAINS LET HIM APOLOGIES MUGABE IS AN ***** WHO IS KILLING HIS OWN PEOPLE VIVA RB

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  4. RB too early for your action. Have you heard any reaction from the American embassy. Musungu anikonde.

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    • i am so disgusted about this blind loyalty. The President was wrong and that should be acknowledged although I doubt if it was RB’s  job to apologise. It should have been left to Ministry of Foreign Affairs to handle the matter diplomatically. As for President’s wild statements made in his short presidency so far is an indication of the lack of depth in the advisor or the so much yes boys that they can not advise the president correctly.

      If he wants to attack colonisers it should Britain that should be targeted and not USA  

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  5. Extra ordinary indeed. Whoever told our president that America colonised Africa  needs be given an award. And also whoever convinced Sata that American was never a British Colony which got its independence on the 4th of July deserves a Deputy Minister post in his government.

    I have said it in the past and will say it again. President Sata needs to fire these yes boys from the POST newspaper as his press aid. Every Press Aide worth his salt would insist that a Head of State should speak from a written speech. And if Sata had taken time to write the speech and read it, all this would have been unnecessary.

    This is just becoming too much and just going way  beyond entertainment for Zimbabweans. 

    This Kaponya stuff need to end

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    • like this. ya but you have to say these zimbabweans have started laughing at us

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    • Chief bootlicker you are very dull does the word Slave triangle mean anything to you…

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    • My Jaw just dropped honestly the man said the US of A colonised Africa… seriously!

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  6. Puppet RB to colonial masters has sata put it, nothing to apologize here Sata and Bush were having light moments iwe chi muzungu anikonde RB too docile.

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  7. These remarks were made when USA was celebrating its independence? Didn’t it just require common sense to deduce that the only way a country can celebrate its independence is because it was a colony and not colonialist? And shouldn’t someone from government apologized already by now and cleverly referred to the incidence as a misunderstanding or brotherly joke? I don’t thing dear Bwezani is the right person to apologize on behalf of all Zambians but if no one in government is so, then he is left with little option but to do so, otherwise the impression will be created that Zambians think America politically and economically colonized us and that we harbor deep-rooted bitterness against them

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  8. Ukwa CNP’s LOVE life with HIS Sweetheart Robert Rubbish Bob Mugabe will cost us Zambians dearly. The Kwaca though has apprecated very minimally, will NOSE dive. UKWA must always read from prepared speeches. In the outside world, he is called Motor-Mouth. Please google to find out the meaning. Ukwa Will land us in Trouble (war) with his carelessness one day!!! A war which GBM cannot fight on OUR behalf.

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    • You sound Tonga and from what i know you guys are puppets who want to please the boss.Sata was just right to remind the man who has only remembered africa_Zambia in particular after his term of office.Shame on you poor non reasoning disgruntled Tonga Bowl/Bull:)

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  9. The fact still remains. It’s Pay Back Time. All those stories referring to Zambians in US point to the same topic. That even include RBs prestigious visit to the Bolston UNZA. Very feel Africans will gather the courage to make mention of this.

    However thanks RB for the apology, that is diplomatic enough. It was as if you confided with The King Cobra. KOSWE NGA ASUMA ALAPUTAPO.

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    • to hell third term, you are the guys that are encouraging this rubbish from a head of state

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  10. The man called a spade a spade. Just check out how these guys are treating Obama, especially the Republicans. If Bush uttered similar sentiments to an African leader like what Ukwa did, our grinning will extend up to our ears.

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    • True my man. Listen to how these American leaders bad-mouth those they do not agree with and when our own do the same we say he is undiplomatic? What a bunch of brainwashed “yes bwanas” we have become!

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  11. Outstanding statesmanship by Shrek. Who would have thought there is still some functional grey matter in that womanising head?

    Thank you Mr Ala Bee

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  12. Why invite him to state house if you want to insult him? Why accept his help if you do not respect him? Why bite the finger that fed(supported) your campaign?
    The whole episode was un-diplomatic, un-African, un-statesmanlike. We really need to get a close that checks the mental state of presidential candidates. The need to be certified mentally fit b4 the go to plot 1 & coz embarassment. State House team and whatever aides r around MCS and especially his inner circle should protect him by forcing to read speeches written for him. If he cant give a simple speech how can he trust that he can deliver major policy changes that can emancipate the people and nation.

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  13. #8 MMD Chief Bootlicker, Sata is more knowledgeable than Sarah Palin and most Americans, who don’t even know whether Zambia is Nigeria or in South Africa.

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    • WTF? sata that man, him a blood clot in a brain! Nothing new dere. The man came to the Uk and asked Zambians, “does UK have dual nationality?” him a mad man and dont know nothing about nothing. Him a smoke too much ganja, but wraps it in the wrong paper, *****!

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  14. Are the Chinese who are being allowed to carry away our natural resources not viewed as exploiters too ?

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  15. FTJ was very right to have dribbled the man he knew exactly who Sata was.No Statecraft,no Diplomacy.Its all CNP Bussiness.He needs to lead from written text all the time.Advisers were are they.PF Ministers,MPs etc this man will cost you your jobs,talk to him.He is making it very easy for the opposition with these Guffs.You will be a walk over come 2016 I sympathise.You know how hard it were to get into power.Dont make it easy for others.2016 is not far.Sit down as a Party and scrutinise.Give the nation a leader.If MCS has to be more ceremonial just as what Mandela did with Thabo Mbeki please let it be.These Guffs will chew it the Zambian people.They are not small Guffs at all.Bush is a respectable institution.Ge is not like the “Voluntary Refugees he met in London at all”

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  16. RB bola panshi iwe. Please leave ba SATA alone to do his work. You had your 3 year short term. What is there to apologise????

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  17. In as much as Sata was undiplomatic, the fact still remains that the scramble for Africa, for the second time i.e, has already started. We need bold leaders!

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  18. That’s why Africa’s will always remain lost in the trees. Don’t dwell on the past and blame ppl who have come and gone. Africa is just as resourceful and I think these head of states should as themselves what right they doing with the present abundance of resources. It’s been well over 40 years mr Sata and we still driving on the same roads which were built in the 60s. Wake up!!!!

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  19. VIVA PRESIDENT SATA VIVA ZAMBIA.
    Our president is right,all our resources are rooted and we are left with open pits with no minerals and scramble for Africa part 2 in the name of investor is still on…

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    • And who do you blame for that, USA? What scramble for Africa? It just shows that mwalishishita, you dont have brains to develop yourselves. How can you be beaten twice and you still blame other people. What was all that political independence for? What is independence is in the end you cant manage yourself.

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  20. RB is an imbecile. Why apologise to Bush. Sata was calling a spade a spade!! period. Whatever favours RB wants from the US, he will never be granted. Bwana u and your children looted public funds, abused office, etc..do you think Bush and his allies will help???? NOoooo!!

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    • Calling a spade a spade based on wrong information?Sata lifontini bakamba.A REAL CHIMBWI NO PLAN.

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  21. Education is important.These are the dangers of having a primitive individual in State house.Our constitution must bar illiterates from contesting the presidency.

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  22. It was not only undeplomatic and disrespectful but sheer madness for president ukwa CNP to behave the way he did towards Bush. May be this man you elected for president still smokes chamba. He does not seem to know how to relate with people. Recently he embarrassed his ministers when he paraded and commanded them to kneel down in L/stone. All those supporting the behavior of this man will one day wake up in his foul mouth. LORD JESUS CHRIST forgive this nation for ignoring your direction. How ‘re we going to manage the remaining 4 years with Mr. ukwa at the hem? RB is simply covering up for the shame and disgrace CNP has caused Zambia. President Bush though out of office is by far above this ukwa yet the later looked down on him. Don’t play with America they can easily turn against ukwa.

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  23. Sata likes such talk. He is not used to most of your traditional way of doing things. I believe if you were there you would understand better in which spirit those words were uttered. There was no malice it was a light moment for the two.Most of you are full of diplomacy mixed up with inferiority complex thats why you never understand the boldness of MC.Has american embassy complained? Quickly,RB,without discernment of the all atmosphere of the situation and trying to look like the best diplomatic(though a thief) rushes to apologize on everyone’s behalf. Uku kutana muntu uwikwitekale.You dont know what goes on behind the curtains between MC and Bush.This is second visit in 6 months. Open your oblaganta imwe bamunkumba mbeba

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  24. Ba rb we miss your leadership skills its unfortunate you were not given another 5 yrs by us useless voters any where god knows best

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  25. Africa is tired of politicians that want to blame Africa’s under development on the West. It is a lie that the West developed because of resources from Africa. The West developed because of industrialization driven by hard working citizens led by politicians passionate about improving lives for their people and not just enriching themselves. And like what some people have already said here, the US itself was a colony, but it developed because of progressive politicians with livelihood of their people at heart. In Africa, all the politicians that took power from the colonists went on to become detrimental to freedom itself, becoming dictators protected by that club they called the OAU, the modern day AU. There is dire need to be rid of these tired generation of politicians from ruling.

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  26. BRAVO RB.YOU HAVE A DUTY TO PROTECT OUR DIPLOMATIC REPUTATION .I PITY YOU,BECAUSE YOU STILL HAVE 5YEARS OF SUCH APOLOGIES ON BEHAVE OF YOUR MBUYE.MR SCOTT BA-GUY SAID “”YOU CAN’T TEACH AN OLD DOG KNEW TRICKS””.REFER PARLIAMENTARY DEBATES 2012.

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  27. You have a dunderhead in statehouse pretending to be president.You do not antogonise America for no reasons. SATA must be ashamed of himself for behaving lworse than kaponyaz. Well done RB and now CNP looks more stupid.

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  28. I am not at all worried that Zambias image is being dented by CNP. GWB had already been briefed before arrival in Zambia that there is a buffoon for a president in this country. I think the Bush family is more interested in the cancer program than our disfunctional system

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  29. Pixxy #5, the shame should be on you and the ***** at plot 1. There is no place for such undiplomatic lunacy in the institution that is the head of state. If you just take the blog to this story as a sample space, most Zambians are not happy with such behavior. Sata represents the people of Zambia, and as such should act as Zambia’s #1 Ambassador to the world. Kaponya mentality and kombonic manners through and through, shame on y’all!

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  30. Sata is abusing his mandate and the dignity of the office he holds. His statements against Bush are inexusable in any language. Surely his recent utterances should call for a bit of introspection amongst the people who put him in power. Is the man fit and competent to lead us tor the next 4 and half years? Where are the shrinks? there is a case for non compos mentis to be made out of this case and the nonsense he spewed against George Kunda’s widow. It’s not funny any more. Thanks RB for the mitigation on behalf of the Zambian people but it may have come a little too late as the horse has already bolted out of the stable. Looks like the lunatics have taken over the running of the asylum as we smile with glee at their unbelievable and indescribable antics

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  31. IWE CHI BANDA WHO ARE U TO MAKE AN COMMENT ON THE BUSH MATTER,YOU ARE NO LONGER THE PRESIDENT OF ZAMBIA AND YOU ARE NO LONGER IN POLITICS SO PLZ REFRAIN FROM MAKING COMMENTS ON BEHALF OF ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. WHAT BSATA HAS SAID IS CORRECT AND THERE IS NO NEED FOR AN APOLOGY ATLEAST FROM YOU.BUSH IS ALSO NO MORE A PRESIDENT AND HE HAS BLOOD ON HIS HEAD TO TOES..REMEMBER HE HAS BUTURED MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE IN MANY PARTS OF MIDDLE EAST AND AFGHANISTAN

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  32. Typical of Malawians, always muzungu anikhonde. There;s nothing to apologise for here. Sata was very right. We the Zambians in diaspora, despite being over educated more than the locals have seen and taken in a lot of insults from these bazungus. These pipo (muzungus) and wherever they may be or come from are one and the same. The only good one perhaps is a DEAD one…

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    • sport on! Bravo! Whites will always remain whites and looks at Africans as inferior.

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  33. Now this is diplomatic etiquette and not the palatable and misguided attack that was unleashed on an innocent and former head of state.Indeed there is no substitute for ignorance and we should all be ashamed for having ushered into office a person with so little education and without regard for humanity and decorum. Posterity will judge us harshly if we are not going to do something fast about this unbecoming behaviour from our president.RB should be commended for having taken a bold step and apologise unreservedly for statements that were made out of bad taste and that could have damaged our relations with the outside world. Please accept our apologies on behalf of our retard presido Mr. Bus and indeed on my own behalf as citizen of this country.

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  34. RB news flash – your job is OVER! You LOST the ELECTION! SATA is the PRESIDENT! You are an irrelevant “nice old man” who should be quiet

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  35. RB your strategy won’t work, Sata has a sense of humour, also George Bush. But you don’t

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  36. IWE CIMBWI. I DID NOT ASK YOU TO APOLOGISE ON BEHALF OF ME. WHERE DID YOU GET MY PERMISION? EVEN IF I HAD WANTED TO, I CANNOT ASK A THIEF TO APOLOGISE ON MY BEHALF. THERE ARE ALOT OF DESCENT PEOPLE IN ZAMBIA I CAN ASK. NOT IWE.

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  37. Okey. Lets be serious, in what capacity and for what is RB apologising. Have you heard any comments from the American embassy or from the American People.

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  38. Thanks a million RB for your discernment.It is very unafrican and insulting for one to come help you but instead of thanks you throw muck at them.This buffoon at statehouse will throw sharp verbal barbs at anybody but since he is very thin skinned he can dish it out but can’t take it.Typical of temperamental imbalance.

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  39. Shut up iwe chi RB what the hek are you apologizing for when no one has complained, what a big fool you are, thats why you lost the elections. you were a weak leader indeed that is why you lost. God sends all leaders and you were removed like wise, you became incompetent. and let me advise you that what you’re doin is tantamount to treason. I wouldnt be suprisd if you stood in 2016, useless weak leader nowonder you still cry at 75

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  40. Good on you RB. You’re a tru statesman than those who are supporting Sata’s actions. Sata should also apologize.

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  41. Guys dont forget that Sata and Mugabe are friends , am sure Bob told him what to tell GB jnr.

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  42. This is the result of cosying up to the likes of Mugabe…. I can bet you that Sata received a jovial congratulatory phone call from uncle Bob after his careless rant (So Watchdog was right in there reporting)…its one thing making such irresponsible and misplaced statements when you are a rich self-sufficient country and its another when the person you are directing those statements to,  who represents the Millennium Challenge Corporation which happens to be investing $360m to clean up your filth, water supply, and drainage infrastructure in your capital city which you had not planned or couldn’t afford to clean yourself. 
    Bush is the former president but unlike the Zambian leaders he has the US President’s ear on various issues Zambia being one of them.

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  43. This is the result of cosying up to the likes of Mugabe…. I can bet you that Sata received a jovial congratulatory phone call from uncle Bob after his careless rant (So Watchd*g was right in there reporting)…its one thing making such irresponsible and misplaced statements when you are a rich self-sufficient country and its another when the person you are directing those statements to,  who represents the Millennium Challenge Corporation which happens to be investing $360m to clean up your filth, water supply, and drainage infrastructure in your capital city which you had not planned or couldn’t afford to clean yourself. 
    Bush is the former president but unlike the Zambian leaders he has the US President’s ear on various issues Zambia being one of them.

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  44. Nicely said ….RB !!

    Unless the history books have missed something, someone from Bwinjifumu Road needs to start giving Sata some private tuition on the History of Colonisation in Africa. So far Sata’s advisors are on GRZ Payroll for doing nuts.

    48 years after Independent and we have a President still blaming the West. Sata should spend more time inspiring the nation to become big dreamers and reach the highest potential.

    Sata should be talking about Partnership and pushing for Western nations to offers us the best prices for our commodities and NOT playing Blame Games. It’s always loser’s in life that subscribe to blame games. He has nothing to offer Zambia, but give excuses.

    Cont…

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  45. .
    Western countries discovered commodities in Africa and put use to them, while we were all sleeping watching minerals … just sitting in our back gardens.

    If anything Africa should be the most advanced continent judging by its natural resources.

    China has oiled Sata’s hands and now we have a President who wants to embarrass the West and follow Mugabe very blindly. Look at what trash talk from Mugabe has taken Zimbambwe. You cannot eat and piss on same plate.

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  46. Sata is not only a clown but dull. Sata’s outbursts just confirms he’s a riff ruff. Only muppets say what he did shows he has a good sense of humour. Good sense of humour is to call Sata “CNP”!

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  47. I would like to believe Miko did not know what he was talking about, hence asking RB to apologise on his behalf. Miko still think like an opposition leader, live up to reality mr president, dont make us lost as your name suggest…..

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  48. Mr Sata’s outburst is being viewed in some quarters as an embarrassing diplomatic incident.
    But George Chellah, Mr Sata’s spokesman, said the two men were “old friends” and the entire encounter had been “light-hearted”.
    “This talk of a diplomatic incident is invented by people bent on creating a storm in a teacup,” he said.
    A diplomatic source said the scene had been “awkward, but not really an incident”. “You never know what to expect from Michael Sata,” the source said.

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  49. Those of you chaps who are condemning RB, just think about it, I come to visit your house in good faith with goodwill, and you start lambasting me?? Is that normal? And I am the one with resources/links? I d kick your butt so good.

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  50. I dont see anything wrong with the president joking with Bush ,what people need to know is that each person including the president is an individual, even Bush is an individual why worry ,people joke and it is part of life no one has to apologise for nothing

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  51. Fellow country men, a spade is spade no matter how you slice it. On this day and on this occassion, our president was wrong. The USA never colonised any country in Africa but supported Liberia. Again we all have our own opionions but thats an undisputed fact. Our president should have known that at least. GW didnt have to help with the clinic etc but he saw how embracing and humbling the Zambian people were and thought he had to do something. Generally speaking Zambians are the most friendly people, even abroad, its well known. Anyway we should be grateful for any help we get and not judge and assume.

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  52. I hesitate to comment on the president’s remarks because I think we are all missing an important aspect, i.e. the context and atmosphere in which the comments were made. Nevertheless, however embarrassing and undiplomatic the president’s comments may have been, it is not RB’s place to issue an apology, and on behalf of the Zambian people for that matter! What audacity! In what capacity is he apologising? Looks like he feels indebted to the Americans for his erroneous invitation to Boston. If the people inviting him had done their homework, they would have realised that he wasn’t the most democratic of presidents. Handing over power when you have lost an election doesn’t exactly qualify you to be called democratic. It makes the university programme a bit of joke, quite frankly. 

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  53. I see nothing wrong in what Sata said when put in context. To know if Sata insulted please produce the whole speech of Sata so that we can know the context in which he said that. Hoever otherwise you may think, Sata said the truth about the colonialists. They all have run away from us….this is true period.

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  54. Sata jokes and you need to have brains to get his jokes otherwise you will keep complaining Bush is even surprised that RB has to appologise for what.It was a light moment for those who were there.If you see two italians share a joke you will think they are fighting.So RB what are you trying to prove the americans know you very well and now if calls for your immunity to be lifted start don’t cry foul.Shasonga is coming to testify for all the FTJ govt which you stopped trial.

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  55. Mr Banda sir, do not be a pappet! The president was just joking with Bush like he has done before to other diplomats! Are you not ashamed that Bush has not complained? Please leave our president to do what we voted him for. There is just too much uncalled for politicking from jeoulous, frastrated politicians like you!!!!!!! Muzungu anikonde!!!!!

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  56. 46# Zyambo

    You are better off buying flowers when someone is ill, because at least they will appreciate the gesture, than buying flowers when they have died.

    In other words you rise up to apologise when you have done something wrong to someone and not wait for them to remind you that you have done wrong.

    **** The US Embassy does not have to come out and complain. Mind you its Diplomacy, Mediation and Intercession being exercised from the US camp.

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  57. While its true that America was a British colony like Zambia, the manner in which the President said it was neither undiplomatic nor condescending. True America was a beneficiary of slavery perpetrated by colonizers and USA to this day has refused to apologize or pay reparations for that crime. I fact the treatment of black people in the USA today is much like modern day slavery.
    What was pathetic was what the prime minister of Spain said about Uganda when trying to negotiate for bailout funds
    Rupiah’s PR stunt does not represent the views of the majority of Zambians as very few of them hold him in high esteem. if they did he would have still been president of Zambia today shut your beak Rupiah!!

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  58. While its true that America was a British colony like Zambia, the manner in which the President said it was neither undiplomatic nor condescending. True America was a beneficiary of slavery perpetrated by colonizers and USA to this day has refused to apologize or pay reparations for that crime. I fact the treatment of black people in the USA today is much like modern day slavery.
    What was pathetic was what the prime minister of Spain said about Uganda when trying to negotiate for bailout funds
    Rupiah’s PR stunt does not represent the views of the majority of Zambians as very few of them hold him in high esteem

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  59. We dont need bold leaders. We need clever, smart and intelligent leaders. What is the use of calling bush a colonialist when your people are wallowing in poverty? No body cares about all these misguided boldness (Mugabe style). All we need is development and good life. We can be as bold as the world needs to know but without leadership skills and a vision for the development of Zambia, nothing good will happen. Colonialists left a long time ago. what we need now is to let America help us acquire skills and resources to develop this beautiful country.   

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  60. all you bloggers you dont know that there is a move remove RBs immunity? so he wants to shout so that he get help from US….ZAMBIA IS A SOVERIGN COUNTRY …SO RB stop the noise,,whatch this space

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  61. RB is an imbecile. Why apologise to Bush. Sata was calling a spade a spade!! period. Whatever favours RB wants from the US, he will never be granted. Bwana u and your children looted public funds, abused office, etc..do you think Bush and his allies will help???? NOoooo!!

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  62. The pro-Satanist comments prove my point that the lunatics have taken over the running of the asylum. Unfortunately you can’t outshout them but you can always pick them out by the coarseness/crudeness of their language. Ama upbringing yali pusana zo-ona- a bale to teka ba kaponya

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  63. Sata lacks knowledge in interpersonal communication as well as intercultural communication. He does not know what to say, when, how, and where. His behavior stems from his limited intellect, poor education, and limited self-control. People claim that the man likes jokes, but those are bad taste jokes. They are offensive, impudent, and disrespectful.

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  64. Rb left almst $3billion in reserves and sata has depketed it in just 8montes to $300m. cnp zoona

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  65. Imwe mwe bantu Sata was not wrong in calling a spade a spade. who said America haven’t benefited from Africa? read history on slave trade and it will surprise you to know what they did to black people. though Sata said it during their light moment at state house, the truth hurts. RB has no authority from the zambian pipo to apologise on their behalf. America is what it is today because of the loot of raw materials from Africa, zambia inclusive. osayopa imwe!

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    • Did Zambia send slaves to America? What history did you read?

      Also, dont dwell on the past. Be progressive. Our own leaders have done more harm to you than Bush.

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  66. UKWA no public relations Botswana Angola Zimbabwe Uk now this who knows what will come next

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  67. The written word expresses different emotions to different readers. That is why we need very skilled journalists to attach a lot of perspective to their writing. That apology shows how *****ic RB is…

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  68. Can you imagine the number of supporters for what Sata said on this blog, so how do you expect him to improve. There is time to joke and time to be serious and there are certain topics that you tread on very carefully such as race and colonial past because they are very sensitive. Sata thinks an American past president is like a Zambian one who is abused once they leave office – not at all. To those who are making reference to his time in office note that this man has the respect of the US citizens and whatever decisions he made while in office he had the blessing of the senate and majority of the citizens, unlike our President who now wants to become wamuyayaya whatever he says we should dance to it even when it is misplaced.

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  69. All you who are cheering sata you are also shallow minded like your president ,do you think that was a joke , that was very sensitive and it was a very important visit , RB is not doing muzungu anikonde he is just doing wat is right coz he know wat it, More over he’s educated

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  70. It was unreasonable in the Wednesbury sense for Sata to attack President Bush,Thanks RB!

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  71. RB did well to apologize before a formal complaint from the US Embassy – quick thinking. Those who say Sata called a spade a spade must be very dull – like it or not America is no spade – and you are not even the right people to even open your mouths to utter phrases you cannot correlate.

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  72. SATA IS SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO SO……..DULL.NO BRAINS WHATSOEVER…..LOL.

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  73. THIS GUY NEEDS TO BE REMINDED THAT HE IS NOT RUNNING A WARD, OR A CLUB OF KAPONYAS. WHAT HE DOES REFLECTS ON ALL OF US ZAMBIANS, AND MOST OF US ARE SANE.

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  74. Rupiah is a traitor. Statesmen should stand together against outsiders.

    What is the point of him apologizing to Bush. Has anyone apologized to Africans for slavery and imperialism?

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    • To answer your question, yes – the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a formal resolution apologizing for slavery on June 19, 2009. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a similar resolution on July 30, 2008. Maybe these things should have been done 100 years ago, but there you go. Feeling better now?

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  75. Zambians will always apologize when they are stepped on. Even in jest, they choose to apologize. Tune in to Fox news and observe how the Americans ‘savage’ each other in all respects. Sata’s so-called debacle is nothing… chill!

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  76. Truth is powefull. Sata said the truth and Bush heard it. So bush will now work hard to help Zambians. Like it or not, the truth remains that Africa was raped by the Basungus. Who were slaves in America? Is it not Africans? Let Bush continue paying back what his forefathers stole from our forefathers. Thats the game of the game. We love him for what he is doing for us but the truth remains that ounce upon a time, the Basungus colonized Africa and stole her resources.

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    • “So bush will now work hard to help Zambians.” ? Is Bush coming back?

      Also America colonise Africa? What do you expect to gain by playing the slavery game? Nothing. You will only distance those who want to help you. They were not slave masters even if their forefathers may have been.

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  77. President Rupiah Banda Thank you for showing us leadership.Thank you for standing on behalf of the Zambian people to correct a worry.President Sata was worry.President George Bush has been a friend of Zambia and he really cares.Thank you for your leadership Mr.President Banda.

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  78. All those playing the slavery card are cowards and cry babies. Let the past be past. Stand up and live in today’s world. Yes slavery was bad and should not happen again, but what has it got to do with today. Nothing.

    Sata lives in the past that’s why he talks colonialism. His world was and is full of colonialists. But that is not our world. We are free and freely travel the world and freely take advantage of opportunitiea across the world. The world has moved on.

    Dont use slavery to justify your poor self management and governance. We’ve been free for 50yrs. Zambians dont think bondage. In fact we are shocked when Sata talks colonialists. It’s foreign language to us.

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  79. iTS CALLED FREEDOM OF SPEECH who does not the wars that America under George Bush perpetrated, HMCS was just stressing the point home America still has colonies, least you little pricks dont know1

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  80. RB ATASE WHO ARE U TO APOLOGISE ON BEHALF OF PRESIDENT SATA.RB U ARE JUST TOO DULL NO WONDER U LOST TO MIGHTY MC SATA.JUST KEEP QUIET AND ENJOY THE BILLLIONS YOU STOLE FROM ZAMBIAN PEOPLE. BUTCHER. BUSH IS A WAR CRIMINAL AND OUGHT TO BE ARRESTED AND BE SENT TO INTERNATIONAL WAR CRIMINAL COURT TO FACE JUSTICE.FOR KILLING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE WITH BLAIR.

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  81. RB and the many UnZambian Hegoats are completely wrong to quote out of context. Am sure President Sata is a hunderd times more intelligent than many of you. Either you become intelligent and understand genuises like Sata or just shut up altogether.

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  82. OH NO ITS CHIMBWI NO PLAN-UKWA AGAIN…SATA IS THE WORST PRESIDENT ZED HAS EVER HAD….VIVA RB…WE MISS U.

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  83. Sata is an unthinking motormouth but Rupiah Banda should stop sucking up to bwanas. Now I know why they say Muzungu wanga starts with Easterners. Why does he think murderer Bush is owed an apology by Zambians? Pandering to white people is what made Africa lose human beings as slaves, natural and mineral resources. What the nonsensical Sata said about Bush is very true. As Zambians we have nothing to apologise for. Banda should go and bootlick Bush alone in Washington Texas or wherever the warmongerer lives and leave us out of it.

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  84. In america former presidents dont interfere with incambents. Thats why they are left alone to enjoy retirement.

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  85. #108 Umusungu…

    When Sata gets sick he flies out to receive medical care.
    Bush came to help poor people who cannot obtain medical help outside Zambia. Sata sees no benefit in Bush coming. But poor people see a lot of benefit. For thsi reason, Bush should be respected. What Sata may discourage Bush from coming to help such poor people in Zambia again. He may go somewhere else, and with all the goodwill from other such helpers.

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  86. @90 Tazanso, I concur with you. There is time for jokes and time for seriousness. RB has done well with that damage control move.

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  87. Interesting how the first blogs at LT when GWB arrived were full of people saying welcome Mr. President, you’ve done great things for Africa, etc. etc. As a result of Mr. Sata’s “jokes”, however, the discussion has now turned to matters of slavery, racism, imperialism, and so many other things centered on hate. 

    ….some way to lead the nation, huh? 

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  88. SATA SAID THE TRUTH .IT IS TRUE THEY STOLE OUR RESOURCES .LET RB LICK THEIR ASSES. VIVA SATA

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  89. Thanks RB for the intervention without which our foreign friends would think we are all mad. Since the current guy has failed to be a stateman and would rather lead a clan, efforts like this serve to restore our image and we will not be cast in the same basket as Zimbabwe and other failed states. It is dissapointing to see some paid bloggers on this forum defending this gross behaviour. Zambia is in very serious trouble being lead by a man who understands nothing and we are degenerating into a banana republic

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  90. Yah yah yah……does robert mugabe write speeches for Sata or what? this is embarassing.RB thanks for stepping up to the plate… we miss you,its only that the Kaponyas outnumbered us otherwise you should have been in State house.We have been stocking up on popcorns from October 2011 theres so much entertainment from state house,who needs DSTV

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  91. We black people have ourselves to blame most of the time. eg The racism shown towards black players such as monkey chants in football is there for all to see, yet we try and pretend like all is well.
    They call us monkeys, let us whole heartedly call them pigs too because that’s exactly what they look like. We give them a taste of their own medicine. They slap us on one cheek we slap them back and not give them the other cheek… That’s simply, plain stu.pid
    Its time we fought back with vigour and not be whimpers who coil in the corner and shrivel. Sata was right over what he said to Bush.
    How many innocent lives had George Bush slaughtered with impunity in Iraq and around the globe and the western world cheered him on?

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  92. This country has gone to the dogs. You can’t speak to a foreign dignitary like that whether he is a former president or not.

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  93. When hurricane Katrina hit the US, somebody accused President Bush of not caring for ‘black people.’ Bush was offended by these remarks, and later this musician apologised. Bush said he had forgiven him and holds ‘no grudge.’
    I hope he will also forgive our senile President.

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  94. Well said, MMD Chief Bootlicker. RB, you did the right thing. Regardless to Sata’s personal views of Bush, he needs to remember that he speaks on behalf of Zambians. Publicly he should have congratulated Bush for his Independence, and expressed appreciation for his contribution to Zambia. Privately, he had an opportunity to express his personal views. You people around our President, don’t just sit there eating, advise him honestly. Even our parents need our advice at times.

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  95. It is strange that the man Sata blames USA for colonialism when he was in UK which was the coloniser and never said a word against the UK. He kissed Arch-basopo of Canterburies hand and knelt before the man who hails from the colonisers! The issue is simple. We have an ignoramous for a President. Kadansa would have done better.

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  96. Anyhow, the Americans and the British never learn. They put Idi Amin in power and got a kick in the back side. They now helped Sata now they are getting the right treatment.

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  97. What is it that George Bush has seen in Sata’s PF ( to visit twice in a space of 6 months) that he did not see in RB’s MMD? Is this the question in RB subconcious or is he still missing the Presidency. Also I wish Zambians could debate with as much vigour on economic issues rather than this boundless amd humouros quixotic diplomacy. Bush and Sata wined and dined and we the pawns are busy trading insults. RB is falling over himself to get attention. I have never heard Clinton apologise for George Bush’s blunders nor madam ClintoN apolgise for Condoleeza!

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  98. “The most interesting thing, previously there used to be four great countries: United States of America, United Kingdom, Russia and France. And you have all drifted away; you have abandoned Africa after taking all our raw commodities, our raw materials and build your cities. I mean, as far as you are concerned, Africa doesn’t exist. And when we have a former colonialist like you coming back to pay back what you took out of this country, we are grateful,” President Sata said.

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  99. “Mr President, I don’t wanna be argumentative, but America was never a colonial nation; we broke free like you broke free from those who wanted to colonise us. France might have been a colonial nation, Britain might have been a colonial nation, but not the United States of America,” Bush replied amidst laughter from his team and that of President Sata

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    • Imwe ba Mumba na bu Muzungu wanga bwenu!  The USA was founded by settlers or invaders who decimated the native population just like they intended to  do in  Africa. When these settlers revolted it was like UDI in Rhodesia so stop glorifying those colonisers and making it look like they were victims of Europe They were offshoots of Colonialism gone wrong. But  i see you have got so brainwashed by them u miss a chance to sing their praises. what power does is make some drunk with it and others drunk with admiring it.

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  100. If Rupiah feels strongly over what Sata said to Bus that he had to apologize on “behalf of Zambians” I challenge him to apologize to the Zambian people, his real masters for his mediocrity, corruption, thuggery and the unprecedented levels of poverty and unemployment he created during his three years of misrule, then we will give respect. Otherwise he deserve none.

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  101. Sata you are a true patriot. These Bushes have come to Zambia for something. Atleast we have someone who understands these west nations. China and Russia have our back, Go Sata Go!

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  102. sata’s improper and undiplomatic remarks just reminds us of the importance to have an educated person in state house. Its should be made a constitutional required for presidential candidates to have at least a 3-year diploma. Otherwise we keepbhaving these embarass
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  103. The geopolitical position of Zambia is militarily strategic for any super power looking for a beach head in Africa from which it can launch both pre-emptive and counter strikes against its adversaries operating on the African continent such as Al Qaeda. Add to this the Copper resources and the need to counterbalance the power and influence of China (interestingly China also views Zambia as a key/strategic partner in Africa). USA is actually shifting its military focus from the Middle East to China. To this effect USA establishing military bases in Australia (To have China within easy reach , militarily).

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  104. The financial benefits of hosting US military bases is huge and beyond the scope of this blog suffice to say economies of countries like the Philipines were at one time largely shouldered by the US Military base economy much the same way Zambia is dependent on copper. Africa is the next big thing after the Asian boom and the big boy s are sharpening their carving knives.

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  105. OPPORTUNITY ONLY KNOCKS ONCE &WE HAVE TO PLAY IT SMART &MAXIMIZE BENEFITS. I do not see the US looking for economic opportunities in Zambia (Africa) but rather military beach heads. On the other hand I do not see the Chinese looking for military footholds in Africa but resources/economic footprints. We can satisfy both superpowers’ needs whilst maximizing our gains & in the process leapfrogging to a middle income country.

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  106. As one blogger had noted, “… the lunatics have taken over the running of the asylum.” Zambia has seriously lacked leadership for many years – the current leadership has made it even worse!

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  107. Regardless of Satas comments; RB does not have a platform to speak for the Zambian people. He can appologize on his own behalf, but he cannot speak for all Zambians because he does not hold any office in the current government. I think Bush handled himself well, given the circumstances and if there are any hard feelings the only people who heard about it were those with Bush behind closed doors. There really was no need for this appology; especially from a former head of state who was beaten in the last election. It just makes it political and makes the gesture seem to lack sincerity (even if RBs heart was in the right place)

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  108. Youth unemployment and the smallness/insignificance of the Zambian market can be addressed/boosted by the US military’s spending power. Indigenous Zambians low participation in the economic activities/entrepreneurship can be addressed by coercing the Chinese FDI in Zambia to be fully integrated with local Zambian entrepreneurs not only in trade but ownership as well. At the moment the two are decoupled We have got to tough and smart in dealing with superpowers. They are not soft sissies like most of the bloggers seem to be.

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  109. 123 # BR MUMBA SR …. why are you copying and pasting.. Bloggers have read what was said. Uase the space for soemthing else

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  110. The pronlem I see is that when people are out of power, they still want to be noticed. In this case, let the USA government complain to the Zambian government over what transpired then apologize if necessary. As it is right right now, the talk or exchange of facts was between president Sata and former president Bush. Believe me the two were having fun over this matter. Former president Banda should not have jumped in and played referee. One Zambia One Nation.

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  111. Ala Bee is a sly two faced petty vindictive bootlicking toe rag, what capacity is he sending this letter? why didn’t he stay in bloody Boston and apply for a Green card

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  112. well done RB, we cannot afford to loose our reputation because of the so called PaMaafi, after all they never won by majority. this is the beginning of the end of Satan. ZED is bigger tthan a family tree

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  113. I hope Bush does not think that we have been taught in school that Zambia was colonised by the USA. Or the USA & Britain are one in this side of the planet.

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  114. Any Zambian who has travelled would feel too bad to be treated in the manner that was meted out to President George Bush. If Malawi illtreated me when on a mission to offer humanitarian assistance, I whoud catch the earliest available plane or bus to return home and vow never to visit Malawi again. In our African culture, we are expected to make the visitor feel at home. At global scale, we need to know and predict how Japanese, Indonesians, Indians or Chinese react whenever we engange them in casual conversations. Besides, America had no colony in Africa. Apparently, Mr. Sata was never a Freedom fighter in Zambia. We pray that Zambia will not be relegated to being a Province of Zimbabwe. Current dynamics are such that Zimbabwe will soon be under a new democratic Govt – God willing.

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  115. sata only exposed hw ignorant he is about world politics………..thanks R.B for such a stance

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  116. rB is dull and full of shit.he must apologise for using all the national resources on campaigns that, we dont kubebad him. He is a corrupt chap that does not deserve any audience.

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  117. Fri Jul 06 at 3:18 pmLack of wisdom with our leaders, there is no need to be sarcastic! I thought the big man would remember his Bemba proverb “ukupoka ichinsenda kunkoko, kuunakila,” which simply means, to take back what belongs to you, you need to relax and tactiful. Allow somebody to finish the project that may benefit the lives of many. Train your mouth to cooperate with your mind.  Does mr Sata even have a speech writer or he just says what comes into his mind?

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  118. Ndiye bvuto, mwatola mbulu uko,,,,, mwaipesela mu state house… Yungokuti yaloba apa yachokela uko nabvish*pu mkamwa… . Its very embarrassing to have such a man for a head of state. Time will tell….. These that are support such undiplomatic, they are just durst followers. Respect is not taught in class or in church, its just simple common sense, which ukwa lack.

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  119. Ba Banda what politics are you playing, you are playing a dangerous game and provoking issues.
    The President was just lightening the moment, please be wise and be able to read a jock, you are a disappointment and please from to day you should never speak on my behalf or apologize on my behalf, for as far as am concerned you do not represent me only Mr Sata do represent me.
    You have embarrassed us you big *****, thief and stupid. 

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  120. If president Sata said those WORDS… Can you all mmd, upnd chaps POINT at any lie in the Statement… IT IS VERY TRUE , AMERICA AND THE WESTERN WORLD PLUNDERED OUR  NATURAL RESOURCES, ENRICHED THEIR NATIONS OUT OF IT AND CREATED IN EVERY BLACK PERSON’S MINDSET TO SEEM INFERIOR TO WHITE PEOPLE, THROUGH A DISCOURSE THEY HAVE PROMOTED PRE-COLONIALISM…

    Congtrats Mr. President! Tell them NAFUTI NAFUTI….

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  121. While I don’t support Mr. Banda’s letter to President Bush, he has raised serious points that call for serious reflection. For instance, if men are seen holding hands in public, they are considered as homosexuals; I could see that our beloved President was holding on to Mr. Bush’s hand until the later got let go of it and pretended to look behind. This simply shows that it’s either our President doesn’t have advisers or handlers at all and if he does, then he doesn’t listen to them at all. Please save us further embarrassment and shame!  

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  122. For those in support of Pa Mafis’ CNP, do not think RB is such dull that he did not consult before writting the apology. Infact, he must have been compelled by well meaning and senior citizens includin KK to take such a stance.

    Problem most of you chaps are just grade 12 drop outs who think like kaya. MCS is a disgrace, he started in Botswana, repeated it in Zimbabwe, Angola, UK and now with the US. This economy can shrink you *****s, have a life, lack of exposure and education thats why you were easily cheated by UKWA

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  123. Silly & blind people won’t understand that Rupiah’s move is meant to redeem our international relations which just now is in a big mess as PF guys no nothing about the 1961 Vienna convention that governs diplomacy. Rupiah & VJ were polished diplomats, former Ambassadors & Foreign Ministers who understand full well the consequences of embarrassing a former President from the land of the free. in diplomacy, the consequences are fierce retribution. America will reciprocate in unimaginable ways & Mr. Sata should brace for it.

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  124. I completely support President Sata.

    By the way, George Bush is lucky that he isn’t in jail. The illegal invasion of Iraq has cost upto a million lives. It was completely waged so that transnational corporations didn’t need to pay taxes or pay the value of the Iraqi people’s oil. As President Bush once said, “Money trumps peace, sometimes.”

    Unstatesmanlike?

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  125. President Sata is a shame to Zambia. How can you honestly insult a fellow leader who is in your house trying to help you? He doesn’t even know who Colonized Zambia honestly? Can’t even celebrate with the US for the Independence day. Now you see why say we must vote for educated people. Simple History would have taught Sata that USA was also Colonized under Britain.

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  126. George W Bush will back again in 6 months time, then what are you going to type about arm chair keyboard critics: why don’t we debate about the Draft Constitution before us. 

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  127. If president Sata has issues with colonialists why did he appoint a son of a colonialist as vice president? The old man should learn to be diplomatic. Even if he meant to joke with Bush it was wrong for him to make such jokes on a public forum. What Sata did is no different from a parent who jokingly insults a friend in from of children. Is it morally right for any normal parent to insult a visitor in front of his children? Some of the bloggers are kids who take whatever Sata says as gospel truth. Well done president RB for your timely apology. You do not need anyone’s permission to save your country from total idiocity.

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  128. # 158 Maxwell. Zambians are concerned that deficit morals from a section of Zambia that take embarassing scenery, rants, spewing foul language as ‘a malumbo’ to be applicable to every situation and person in this world. Morality and common sense demand serenity personifcation. That is missing in your hero only fit for CHAINAMA. Shame amalumbo as a way of life, its shameful to belong to such a………………………………………………….

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  129. SATA NAMALYANGA TUWE, STEP DOWN. NAMALOYA TUWE.

    SO EMBARRASED,
    THANKYOU FOR THE APOLOGY RB, I SECOND YOU. SATA USANGANU AHULU HULU. STEP DOWN YOU MAD PIG.

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  130. In as much as I agree with RB in principal I don’t think he is still in a position to speak for or on behalf of all Zambians. Sata could not possibly have been serous. If he was our beloved Zambia is in for wild and rogue presedency.

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  131. SATA IS A SATANIST HIS BOSS IN SATANISM IS MUGABE THAT IS WHY HE SATA WILL DO WHATEVER MUGABE TELLS HIM. BOB SENT HIS MINISTER TO DELIVER THE MESSAGE TO SATA TO HUMILIATE BUSH AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT UKWA THE HYENA DID.

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  132. OUR PRESIDENT HAS NO APOLOGIES TO MAKE . GEORGE AND HIS FRIEND TONY ARE MURDERERS. THEY SHOULD BE ARRESTED AND TAKEN TO THE HAGUE. WE MISSED THE OPPORTUNITY TO ARREST THIS MAN.

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  133. I wish sata had ways of stopping Bush to come to our country than speaking what he thought was good from his mind – this is not the just a province is a big country, SATA must apologize as well & mind his mouth

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  134. R&B is making a political milage too late my dear, he respects foreigners more than zambians. Is it diplomacy to by-pass your own president and to bow down to a former president of a foreign country? All these pipo ranting about RB diplomacy, why don’t u advise this shark of a traitor R&B to go to state house, diplomatically advise Mr. Sata, the president of the republic of Zambia about this……so Banda must apologize to both Zambians who voted him out of power, coz now he is not their mouth-piece, and to Mr Sata, and also to Mr Bush for impersonating himself as spokesman for Zambians.

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  135. “the people of Zambia are peace-loving, welcoming, and focused positively on the future, not the past.”

    A PERSON WHO DOES NOT REFER TO THE PAST IS A FOOL. HOW DO YOU PLAN WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE PAST? YOU SEE TROUBLE IS THE MMD THIEVES HAVE BEEN LEFT RUNNING LOOSE BY FAR TO LONG WITHOUT FACING THE LAW THEY HAVE STARTED LEGITIMIZING THEIR WRONG DOING.

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  136. Even the king of kings should apologize when they are wrong.This is a way of clearly creating peace around the world.So, what RB did was right for Zambia as a country.

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  137. Guys, it pays to read widely and get other people’s views and thinking.
    Look at how people from other countries view this issue of BUSH vs SATA – the war of words. Here is a link to The Telegraph UK:
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zambia/9381583/George-W.-Bush-berated-by-Zambias-Michael-Sata-on-Africa-trip.html

    Why is it that out of all places in the world which were colonised, including Singapore, Hongkong, malasia, canada, ireland, india, african countries, etc only African countries cry the blame game while the rest are developing?????????

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  138. RB you are so DULL leave Mr Sata alone. U wicked man who plundered Zambia in a short space of time. Pliz investigate Banda and his son about the bus fleet that they own in South Africa. RB shout your dirty mouth. Mr Sata pliz arrest this evil man who is trying to play an angel.

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  139. #172 DONT INCLUDE ME IN YOUR RIGHT FOR ZAMBIA. THAT WAS SHARING A LIGHT MOMENT BUT IN ITSELF THE TRUTH.

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  140. Banda, you cant do that to embarrass your own president. Whatever bitterness you picked from sata’s words I can’t see any sense and reason why you can take it personally and pour fuel on fire instead of trying to extinguish the fire. You have behaved like a serpent! That is really really bad from you Banda. you may possibly have gone to Sata and advice him to write that purported letter of apology if there was need for one. but your action is very demeaning to Sata. You have behaved like a grade one child! What a former head of state, no wonder you lasted a short period. Your judgement is terrible! A shushushu for Bush? awful act indeed.

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  141. You people you are missing a point here. First understand why Bush is here and then what politicians can do for you not to understand them.Bush ruled America for 10 years and now why the interest in Zambia…. Program on cancer? Big NO….. uranium in north western province and deliberately Mr sata makes a small comment to shift you from the actual reason why he is here. Careful Zambians, mwanawasa refused to allow Americans to build an army base here and right now we are struggling to pass a law on gay rights because of the christian nation clause in our constitution. Take your time and look at things from the inner contest. Remember America and politicians are 50 years ahead of us in understanding and plans of manipulating the living people of the world. Think twice remember the barotse.

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  142. ukwa, RB, under five whatever etc won’t take ZAMBIA anywhere.

    Diplomacy, musungu anikonde etc are not the politics of our generation. Sure, learn to disagree and not fight.
    Zambia has alot of challenges which cannot be solved overnight from a man born on earth.
    Even unemplyment levels in spain, USA, UK are raising daily. So where is on earth is Sata, HH,RB, etc going to create employment in 90 days. People learn to say the truth not insults.
    Discuss on developmental policies or suggest something constructively. Thank you

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  143. Too quick for BANDA to comment, why can’t he just keep quite? Where is the sense of Humor? We cannot even joke with Visitors? It is unfortunate and very embassing Fmr President BANDA would blow this out of context. Please write on your own behalf not Zambians.

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  144. Hi fellow citizens, make sure you visit the link below, read the 3 page long  thread to the end, and make sure its not your sister.

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  145. Thinking, deep thinking and shallow thinking. Muzungu wanga, traitor, What a man and his thinking. Where is intelligence in this? Where is sense is apologizing over jokes which are based on facts. Even drama is done based on facts. Can you take that to international level just to belittle. our own president? Whats the gain in that letter anyway? Was there real thinking behind this apology letter, surely? Why write bush a letter like that over a practical joke? Is it meant to harm Sata, I do not think so, but it has affected him. Can Sata trust such an informer? No, I do not think so. What Banda has done is highly, highly questionable. Our graduate former presisident, there is nothing of being a graduate about what you did. Laying ambush at Sata any time, strange! 

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  146. #1128 B R Mumba  Imwe ba Mumba na bu Muzungu wanga bwenu!  The USA was founded by settlers or invaders who decimated the native population just like they intended to  do in  Africa. IIf you read Simon Mwansa Kapwwepwe yoUwill realise that Africans were facing the same fate as Red IndiansBut ba mungwingwi prroved too much for the whiites.  When these settlers in North Americarevolted it was like UDI in Rhodesia so stop glorifying those colonisers and making it look like they were victims of Europe They were offshoots of Colonialism gone wrong. But  i see you have got so brainwashed by them u do Not miss a chance to sing their praises. what power does is make some drunk with it and others drunk with admiring it.   You  clearly fall into the latter bracket.

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  147. If Sata is president of Zambia today, he still has to learn how to interact with world leaders. RB is former president of Zambia with a disignated offfice as such, to be listened to, by other world leaders. GWB received the apology message from his office and saved the face Zambia.
    Sata can now correctly target the former Zambian colonialist – Britain with his racist light hearted commentry.

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