UPND vice president for Politics Canicius Banda
UPND vice president for Politics Canicius Banda

Suspended United party for National Development Vice President for Politics Dr Canisius Banda has said that he will respond to the letter of suspension issued by the party President Hakainde Hichilema when he receives it.

Speaking to ZNBC TV2, Dr Banda said that there was no evidence of him belonging to any Party and that he has not met any single PF official and neither has he been offered a job by PF

“I am vice president of UPND, no evidence of belonging to any party,no single PF have met, or offered me a job, or offered me money,there.is paranoia in the party, post election state of insanity, I understand, I will respond to the letter when I receive, I have worked diligently for UPND, I remain an asset to UPND, I deserve respect”. he said.

Yesterday, UPND President Hakainde Hichilema suspended party Vice President Politics Dr Canisius Banda for gross misconduct.

In letter dated 22 September, 2016, Mr Hichilema explained that in addition to other negative activities, Dr Banda had issued several inflammatory, derogatory and defamatory statements against other senior members of the Party.

He said the news articles in the Daily Nation edition of the 17th and19th attributed to him had brought the name of the Party into ridicule and public odium in the minds of right thinking Zambians.

“In addition to other negative activities, it has been brought to my attention that you have been issuing inflammatory, derogatory and defamatory statements against other senior members of the Party. You have to note that the Daily Nation edition of the 17th and 19th carried headline news articles attributed to you which have brought the name of the Party into ridicule and public odium in the mind of right thinking Zambians.

”Please note that I have made several attempts to discuss the same with you but to no avail. In the premises, by virtue of the powers vested in me under Article 74(d) of our Constitution, you are hereby charged with gross misconduct, you have seven days from the date here of which to exculpate yourself pertaining to the charge leveled against you,” reads the letter in part which has been copied to Party Vice President Admin, National Chairperson and the Secretary General.

Over the weekend the UPND vice President posted the following on his facebook page

ON LETTERS [The Curious Case of One Canisius BANDA and Service]:
…Christopher BANDA is one of my younger brothers. He is charismatic and possesses much wisdom.
He is in the picture below.

Today he came home and, with tears in his eyes, he said: ‘…I hear that Hakainde Hichilema has written a letter of suspension to you. But why? Citizens are shocked…’

I furrowed my brow, utterly stunned.

I said: ‘…if at all there is such a letter, my party has NOT given it to me yet.’
“It’s everywhere on social media,’ he said.

I went on: ‘…the letter I am expecting from Hakainde Hichilema is a letter of gratitude. I expect him to say Dr Canisius BANDA, thank you for your loyalty, passion, diligence and selfless service. I expect a letter of commendation, a letter stating just how exemplary I have been as a citizen, a letter acknowledging the many songs I sung in his support, and the priceless value I added to him as an individual and the UPND as a collective at great personal suffering and sacrifice…that is the letter I am expecting, my brother.’

Christopher was quiet for a while, pensive.

Then looking at me, he enigmatically said: ‘…you are a great man, do you know that?’

I didn’t know what he meant by that so I remained silent. Then instinctively, I lifted my face to the Heavens, seeking the face of God.

…what is God saying now? I quietly reflected.
With my mind’s eye I saw Joseph being sold off as a slave by his brothers.
It was then that a tear coursed down my face.
‘Thank you, my Father.’

Without thinking them, those words just escaped my lips.
…nayenso Yesu zimenezi adaziona!
Godspeed, my beloved and dear friends. Blessed are the believers…

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    • Traitor you are Banda

      Yes, you felt sidelined by GBM- whom I don’t think much of, but your statements suggested and undermined the top tier of UPND party.

      I do not support UPND, but clearly if those non payment of your Rentals have suggested you became impatient to think the earliest you could have a formal job is 2021.

      You know what you are doing , but you have gone about it wrongly.

      Instead of being a big fish in UPND, you will now be a nobody in PF , who will obtusely give you a job anyway same as they will accommodate Sampa.

      You are a disgrace, and whilst you are at it, get a hair cut. You SOB.

      Thanks

      BB2014

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    • @Mushota:
      I totally agree with you – well said! This chap can pass exams BUT can even manage his life – what a shame.

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    • Dr Canissius’s antics of late have been unbecoming. And any right thinking organisation would reprimand him to save the integrity and reputation thereof. To imbibe himself as the ultimate intellectual in the UPND ranks and files beats the very wisdom that he callously tried to advance.
      I know the PF is feasting on this menu but be rest assured that this too will pass as the UPND has managed to move out of such situations before. Suffice to say DR Canissius is playing right into the enemy net and unfortunately he knows what he is doing. The onus is on the UPND to intelligently and smartly reduce the effects of this fiasco on their political fortunes.

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    • The statements arributed to the UPND vice president in the post are shocking to say the least the language was uncouth and not befitting the role he represents. If he infact did give the said interviews to the daily nation and write those words on Facebook then GOD forbid! This man is highly toxic. To think that he even quotes the bible amidst his insults beggars belief. It would serve him well to shut up henceforth!

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    • HH feels threatened by doctor Banda. He wants to elimanate all the potential challengers so that he remains with the yes bwana people like GBM, Cornelius Mweetwa, Mwimbu and Nkombo. Leave them boss before it is too late

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    • Although Millennia apart, one cannot help but draw parallels between the days of Yahweh the Christ and our modern Civilizations today. Nothing much seems to have change in terms of JEALOUSIES, ENVY, FAIRNESS, JUSTICE, and POLITICS. Here is a seemingly INNOCENT MAN (Dr. CB) about to be led to his “Political Crucifixion” and seemingly intelligent people would rather have a “Barabbas” (GBM) in their midst. Following me down memory lane for a bit of history:

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      Jesus Delivered to Pilate (Mark 15:1-5)

      When morning came, all the chief priests and elders of the people conspired against Jesus to put Him to death. They bound Him, led Him away, and handed Him over to Pilate the governor.

      WELL, IT SEEMS A CLIQUE OF UPND SYCOPHANTS HAS FINALY SUCCEEDED TO DO JUST THAT TOO THE DR. CB.

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      Judas Hangs Himself (Zechariah 11:10-17; Matthew 26:14-16; Mark 14:10-11)

      When Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that Jesus was condemned; he was filled with remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders. “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood,” he said.

      OF COURSE WE DON’T EXPECT A UPND “JUDAS ISCARIOT” TO HAVE A CONCIOUS THAT BOTHERS THEM TO THE EXTENT OF CONFESSING THEIR SINS AND HANGING THEMSELVES (EVEN JUST IN SHAME) IN BETRAYING THIS MAN (C.B).

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      Jesus before Pilate (Luke 23:1-6; John 18:28-40)

      Meanwhile Jesus stood before the governor, who questioned Him: “Are You the King of the Jews?” “You have said so,” Jesus answered. And when He was accused by the chief priests and elders, He gave no answer. Then Pilate asked Him: “Do you not hear how many charges they are bringing against you?” But Jesus gave no answer, not even to a single charge, much to the governor’s amazement.

      HEY, WE CANNOT EXPECT DR. CB TO REMAIN QUIET WHEN HE IS BEING ACCUSED AND TORMENTED FROM LEFT, RIGHT, AND CENTER OVER UNSUBSTANTIATED AND UNPROVEN RUMORS—LIKE EVERYTHING ELSE IN UPND NOWADAYS, ALL ACTIONS ARE BASED ON RUMOR AND INNUENDO. FOR HE IS ONLY HUMAN!

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      The Crowd Chooses Barabbas (Mark 15:6-11; Luke 23:13-25)

      Now it was the governor’s custom at the feast to release to the crowd a prisoner of their choosing. At that time they were holding a notorious prisoner named Barabbas. So when the crowd had assembled, Pilate asked them, “Which one do you want me to release to you: Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over.

      ONE CAN ONLY HOPE AND WISH PEOPLE LIKE HAKAHINDE HAD EVEN A FRACTION OF THE WISDOM PATRIARCHS LIKE PONTIFF PILATE HAD. ZAMBIA WOULD BE A BETTER PLACE FOR ALL TO LIVE AND ENJOY IN PEACE.

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      While Pilate was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent him this message: “Have nothing to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered terribly in a dream today because of Him.”

      EVEN IF MUTINTA HICHILEMA HAD SUCH A DREAM, I DOUBT HER HUSBAND “THE PROUD” WOULD LISTEN TO HER EVEN FOR A SECOND. ONE ONLY NEEDS TO LOOK AT HIS DICTATORIAL TENDENCIES WITH WHICH HE RUNS “HIS” PARTY TO GET A SENSE OF WHAT GOES ON IN HIS MATERIAL HOUSE. THESE THINGS HAVE A WAY OF SHOWING THEIR UGLY HEADS IN PUBLIC LIFE TOO. JUST LOOK AT HIS VICE PRESIDENT, GBV!

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    • PF can’t find good ministers. Up to now we have only seen Kapyongo, Lusambo and Mutati. Are these the ministers PF can be offer, I don’t mind if they went to borrow Canicius Banda.

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      “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” asked the governor. “Barabbas,” they replied. “What then should I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” Pilate asked. They all answered, “Crucify Him!” “Why?” asked Pilate. “What has He done wrong?” But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify Him!”

      YEAH, JUST LISTEN TO THE “ECHO CHAMBER” WITHIN UPND SYCOPHANTIC CIRCLES ALL SINGING THE SAME CHORUS; “GET RID OF HIM, GET RID OF HIM!” HOW UNCANNY CAN THINGS GET?

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    • @James Buga I too was shocked by what I read in the Post. I was even more shocked when I read that the paper actually verified the FB posting with him and he confirmed that he wrote it. Something very strange is going on with him.

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  1. C. Banda now you have entered real politics where politics of the belly takes precedent. Look out for those close to you and same close to HH. They might be giving him the data that you are sharing with them. Open your eyes before it is too late.

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    • UPND will provide all the data about your dealings with PF.You have been going to state house since Sata’s time and now you have been selling infor to Lungu.Its un fortunate Lungu is also dribbling you.

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  2. UPND and its leaders must never wash dirty linen in public. They should also like PF realize that having different political views and belonging to different political parties does not mean we are enemies and must never say hello. Canisius has friends he worked with in the past whom are now in different political parties and surely you do not expect these folks to treat each other like enemies. Remember politics have no permanent enemies, let us just differ on governance issues and policies but remain friends and embrace one another. Dr. CB has indeed been a loyal servant of UPND and deserves some respects. Or are we now believing everything written in the papers regardless of the authors or medium?

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    • @The Observer:
      You may have a point but only to some extent. But in this case of CB, you don’t even have to look very far. Canisius himself is doing the writing – look at his facebook insults published by the Post!!
      While his colleagues were busy and staying up all night at the ConCourt, Canisius was cossing up with and entertaining Richard Sakala and his Daily Nation with unauthorised personal interviews even suggesting conventions which the Party had not even discussed! We all know that Richard Sakala is Edgar Lungu’s friend and would use information from Canisius to harm the UPND. Let Canisius go if that is what he wants – you cant beg a person. It is good that HH is showing leadership here.

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  3. In Zambia if a politican is suspected of double dealing…its always 90% true as most have no intergrity…nothing suprises me anymore. Look at Mutati was frustrating Mumba just to appease the Ruling Party and was rewarded with a ministry.

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  4. My brother Canisius, you may recall what you said when GBM said that UPND would go for a revolution! Your comment to that blatantly and unthoughtful words by GBM meant a lot to some body in your party who cannot see beyond his/her nose. What your party was expecting from you was to say a revolution was the right way to go! But since you are an intellectual and see thing far beyond the nose, those words have brought about all the mad that has been thrown on you! My word of advise is that you were NOT born with a tag of UPND, you future is bright even if you left UPND today. Mind you better things are ahead of you. Better be alone than in an ill company! I would have phoned you unfortunately I have misplaced your contact. Live on with a peace of mind.

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  5. I think the Doctor should just take it easy , look your party UPND has clearly grown , it has moved from 18 MPs to 58 ,this translate it into 222%. Please just stay with UPND your are the next government , although I know hunger sometimes can cause havoc , but just stay a while, HH will surely reward you. Look, PF started wining with Bemba speaking people and eventually a few non Bembas joined them and they went into government, its a fact, if any one want can check how PF moved from 2001 to 2011. UPND is also following the PF route no doubt about it , they started winning in Tonga land now they have swept North western and Western provinces and some parts of rural Lusaka & central provinces. You are almost there Ba Dr Banda why temptation now when you are finishing the race

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  6. Doc continue looking to the hill thats where you help comes from not from demi god. Sometimes things happen for a reason, just continue thanking God. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Light and darkness can not mix… God has set you apart and will definitely fight for you. It happened to Saki, i am so sure he is a better person today.

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  7. His earlier writings of his FB page were all insults…did not know that He even possess some wisdom from bible shared after the news about the suspension…

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  8. Dr Banda’s real punishment is for dabbling with ‘Dark’ minded people. HH is a user, and Dr Banda is not useful to him now and has become expendable. For a long time he has been bypassed, treated like a lackey. How can an intelligent man believe such a person like HH would uphold them and show gratitude and loyalty? This whole scenario is unhealthy. Dr Banda is a highly intelligent man and has been playing the matador to the raging bull by holding a red rag in front of HH the bull. There is only one winner in such a case; either the bull charges, makes contact and injures or kills the matador or the matador skilfully manipulates the bull, spears it causing injury or makes it Barbeque in victory. There is a third way, Walk away. Why stay. The disciplinary/ suspension is to…

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  9. The disciplinary/ suspension is to dishearten him, lower him, and finish him before the eyes of the public. His big sin is to want to ascend to Leadership…..and abusing Banda for that is not right.

    The fourth way is to stand tall and finish HH, BY SUING HIM IN ALL THE COURTS including in Salousis’ baby Cot!! Just give him some of his own medicine in bad publicity!!

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  10. THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF COMEDY IN UPND, MORE STILL EXPECTED! HA! HA! HA! HA! HO! HO! HO! HO! HE! HE! HE! HE! ICHYAAAAA! HECHI! HECHI!

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  11. Tongas generally are bad managers. They are always suspicious and jealousy of their subordinates for fear that hey may surpass them. Incompetency,gossip and mistrust is the food they feed on .HH is scared of the Doc.

    CB made a terrible mistake to work with tribalists.

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  12. Dr. Banda let them expel you and you should sue HH and UPND though out all Courts including the Supreme and/or Concourt. Please Banda sue them because you have not broken any law of their Party or that of Politics. Initiate the lawsuit and we shall help you.

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  13. It is wrong to demonize a whole tribe based on the actions of certain individuals. What we have to realize is that all parties are made up of people of all tribes. A political leader’s poor leadership skills should not be blamed on an entire tribe. Tribe is not a qualification.

    It is just sad that certain people use tribe to try and make political mileage out of every issue. No one chooses to be born into this or that tribe. Those who look down on others based on which tribe they belong too are dull. I don’t care whether you belong to PF or UPND, if you play the tribal card, you are dull.

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  14. Leadership is not abt having money or accumulation of wealth. Its abt integrity & standing for wat u believe in is right. CB is the right person for Vice President position. But wen u ar wrking with pipo tht think MONEY is everything this is the END result. NO MONEY NO LIFE.
    I thot UPND was now heading to ICC mean while thy were busy executing the verdict on DR CB in ICC Lusaka Zambia.
    Could this another case of COMEDY of ERROR in UPND?
    LETS WAIT & SEE.

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  15. fellow readers,
    HH has done noting wrong. Think of it this way. Dr CB has been behaving like “My Own Boss”. he knew from the very beginning that he did not believe in UPND, just like Nervous knows. He panned it this way, to show relevance and self importance. If HH is funny, then CB is even funnier. He wants to create the impression that he is being oppressed when in fact not. Cummon CB get a life.

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  16. HH and his Satanism will kill the party. I are happy now that Armageddon has entered upnd and it has just started.

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  17. This man is neglected knowledge Zambia is missing in its quest to improve health delivery to our citizens.Let him join the ruling party for i know he has a lot to offer unlike to wait for 5years.If HH has suspended you on fabricated,here-say or social media leave it to God.He will make a way.Remember african politics are the same,ie anyone who emerges as a potential replacement for a political party leader, is swiftly charged and latter expelled before he/she knows it.Internal UPND members who are aligning themselves to replace the immediate past presidential election loser HH are engineering your exit.

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  18. I am not a politician and have no interest in being one, but I do take keen interest in politics the world over. When the Doc said what he said, I mentioned that this was not the best that could come from him irrespective of the circumstances. I would have said the same if some in PF made a mistake in that way. Forgot to mention that there were also consequences on my side for blogging on this subject- snoopies!. That aside. He may be weird but, the man is by African political standards decent. What he just needs to learn is that -its not what you say that matters, but how you say it.

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  19. With disciplinary cases or not Banda has to be sacrifised for GBM because the amended constitution does not support 2 vice presidents, but 1 only. The earlier they re-align their party hierarchy the better the chances of unity they stand. HH made no mistake by appointing GBM as his vice because he had reasons & strategy for that. The only mistake he made was failure to respect the amended constitution which he himself relies on very much by appointing 2 vice presidents & this has raised unnecessary competition & frustration. HH just withdraw the suspension & institute friendly restructuring of the party & everyone will be happy. If as a leader you make a mistake, just apologise & correct that mistake & move on as Jacob Zuma does. You can as well reconsider Banda since the strategy with…

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  20. It seams like most of the comments are coming from PF cadres who were hoping that UPND can die so that they do not have someone to fear any more and remain in power forever. Unfortunately UPND will not die the same way I love PF to continue existing, you have brought us roads and infrastructure development we need you guys even if one day you go we still remember you (PF) but democracy must not be allowed to die, it is for our own good as Zambian

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  21. PEOPLE STILL WORSHIPPING HH? MY FOOT
    I am at a loss of words, to see people still hero-worshipping a loser. All said and done, The Party should just go for Convention and elect new leadership. I have always advised that the sooner our party leaves social media the better because it has cost us dearly for many years. We should have been in power but we are online centred and that eats into our intelligence strength. How do we pull out of the quagmire if we do not go for a Convention? The More people resist the Convention the more we drown into oblivion as a Party. Many people seem to know why we still need HH on top. Forgive me, I don’t. BB, Kalomo

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  22. I am not surprised of the latest developments taking place in UPND/ After a defeat to PF instead sitting around the table to review their performance in the last general elections they are busy undoing each other. Last year it was the same after losing a by election in January 2015 the UPND went for Richard Kapita’s throat and the man was sidelined and had no option but to leave and join PF and today he is a Provincial Minister. UPND should devise tactics of sobering up otherwise it will end up being a shell of itself. If I were Dr. Banda I would have called it quits. Its like the whole blame of losing the election was caused by him alone.

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  23. The language Dr Banda chose to use on his Facebook account against UPND left me flabbergasted. He used the language of what we used to call mishanga sellers’ language. Dr Banda confirmed that he was one of those misfits and one wonders why a medical doctor is behaving the way he does. He is not the only person in the opposition who has friends in PF, the issue of rent and now looking for HIV drugs at state House. He castigated HH for circulating the letter before giving it to him, asking him to exculpate himself. He should have waited for the said letter to see the contents before going to the press. If HH hadn’t written the letter to Dr Banda, we would not have known that Dr Banda was an unintelligent person, I am afraid this letter has exposed his folly. silence is golden Dr Banda…

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  24. Please give me a break mwebantu. This good for nothing doctor had it coming. We told him that there is nothing for you in that party, that you are just being used as a cleaning agent to remove the stench of regionalism, and he chose to close both his eyes and ears, maybe even his nose for he would have smelt the stench which all of us smelt. When Herr Hichilema chose GBM as running mate I thought this good for nothing doctor would open his eyes but no! I have no sympathy for such foo.ls, let him rot.

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  25. Quoting the Daily National is as bad as quoting Mmembe ‘s Post. These tabloids are trash, they put words in people ‘s mouths.

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  26. @Terrible, Dr was like an unemployed husband in a house and his main duty is not put bread on the table but sex in bed. The wife would soon get fed up and look elsewhere.

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  27. Whether you like or not, Dr Canisius Banda is the first one to be out of UPND by being pushed out of the party.

    But next one to be pushed out will be HH. If this does not happen, then UPND will remain only on paper, never to have any meaningful following apart from Southern Province.

    Support will dwindle in Central, then Western, followed by Northwestern respectively.

    The gains made in Eastern, Northern, Luapula, and Muchinga will shrink down significantly.

    The only thing HH will hold on to is the prestigious feeling that he is president of a ‘party’;

    Take note: the word party above is in quotes because it shall no long be a party but a mere fictitious one whose philosophy shall be ‘I win I accept, l lose I don’t accept’.

    The fact that Canisius can be thrown out…

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