Late Divo Katete (R) with UPND President Hakainde Hichilema
Late Divo Katete (R) with UPND President Hakainde Hichilema

UPND Copperbelt Deputy Information and Publicity Secretary Divo Bydon Katete has committed suicide after he allegedly raped his 17-year-old niece.

Copperbelt Police Commissioner Charity Katanga has confirmed the development to Journalists in Ndola.

Mrs. Katanga said Katete committed suicide in his car in Garnaton area in Kitwe after it was obvious that he would be reported to the police.

“Yes, we have a case of suicide in which the victim’s elder brother reported that his young brother by the name of Divo Bydon Katete committed suicide. It is alleged that Katete raped his niece at his house around 16:30 hours yesterday (Friday). Upon sensing that he will be reported to the police, he went to Garnaton where he committed suicide. This happened around 19:00 hours yesterday,” Mrs. Katanga said.

“Katete of house number 45 Geddies street Nkana East raped his niece in his house. Out of fear, that is how he went to commit suicide.”

She said the body of Katete was deposited in the Kitwe Teaching Hospital mortuary awaiting postmortem.

And UPND Copperbelt Provincial Chairman Elisha Matambo said the party is saddened with Mr Katete’s death

Mr Matambo said Mr. Katete was a pillar and a fearless defender of political and human rights not only in the UPND but the Copperbelt as a whole.

He said the late Katete was a young fearless politician who had carefully shaped his political destiny and that his death is a huge blow to the party on the Copperbelt and Zambia as a whole and shall greatly be missed.

“He stood up and spoke for the oppressed and marginalised. He was a gallant soldier who was never ashamed to speak out his mind.The UPND will surely him. Hon Katete was the UPND 2016 parliamentary candidate for Nkana constituency prior to which he served as Mayor of the City of Kitwe.

And UPND President Hakainde Hichilema posted the following statement

Good morning friends

We wish to express our utmost shock and deep regret at the untimely death of the UPND Copperbelt Province Deputy Information, Divo Bydon Katete, who passed away yesterday.

Zambia and UPND have lost a gallant patriot and selfless leader whose prime interest was for the advancement of this nation to freedom, equality and prosperity for every citizen.

It’s more shocking to me and my wife Mutinta, because a few days ago Divo paid us a visit at our residence in Lusaka where he passionately spoke about his vision and love for his country and people and what he thought was the best way to attain prosperity and unity for all citizens.

We wish to express our sincere condolences to the people of Copperbelt and the UPND family and most importantly to his wife and his family for this sad news. Our prayers and thoughts are with them.

May his soul rest in peace.

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    • Ba UPND sure, u so silly. How do u describe a rapist who has violated a girl as a gallant patriot and selfless leader, defender of human rights? Check your brains bamakaka imwe. Maybe the number of times you have lost elections has confused your brains. What kind of animalism is UPND displaying. Do u know how much the girl is suffering now because of your member?

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    • HOW IRONIC? FEARLESS IN WHAT? THAT LITTLE GIRL HAD A RIGHT NOT TO BE RAPED. WHAT DEFENDER OF HUMAN RIGHTS? WASN’T HE JUST A RAPIST?
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      “…was a pillar and a fearless defender of political and human rights not only in the UPND but the Copperbelt as a whole…”
      A defender of human rights, but he did not have the right to murder himself. He had a right to his life. Oooh! Was he just a coward? 25 years in jail for refinement was better.
      Get the little medically checked. I am pissed.

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    • Mushota ny* you’ve been deported finally. Scrubbing toilets in Scotland is unsustainable.

      Now let’s see you applying your fake phd

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    • These 17 years olds of these days in gym pants they call leggings are a risk. Especially when she is annoying, by fearing to beat her up and risk killing her, you just end up what you do to your wife…. kissing her.
      “…. sometime you annoying me, and feel like kankukama pamukoshi, nasanga ndekukisinga webo!!”.
      Katete is such a brave man to take his life. Me am selfish, I love my soul, this is why I get my erection exhausted from my latino, and she knows why we do what we do.
      Katete God spare your soul, you are a brave man.
      Peace be to the 17 year old.

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    • Very unfortunate! If it was a Bemba or Luapulan caught stealing you would have seen the insults from Tongas. But we wont go there. Sad on Behalf of UPND, PF and Zambia as a whole. Lets protect our kids though this lesson.

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    • And no words of comfort to the young lady who was rapped by this dead MONITOR? What sort of message are you trying to send with here iwe HH? That rape victims don’t matter to UPND?

      You would rather sing praises to a CHILD MOLESTER and RAPIST than show empathy to a “CHILD” who was violated and possibly scared for life. And your Mutinta is Ok with that?

      DISGUSTED…..!!!!!

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    • And no words of comfort to the young lady who was [email protected] by this dead MONISTOR? What sort of message are you trying to send here iwe HH? That [email protected] victims don’t matter to you and UPND?

      You would rather sing praises to a CHILD MOL3STER and [email protected]!ST than show empathy to a “CHILD” who was violated and possibly scared for life, right? And your Mutinta is Ok with this kind of “I DON’T CARE ATTITUDE” towards victims of [email protected], especially children…. which is what this young lady is…..a CHILD!

      DISGUSTED ZAMBIAN….!!!!!

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    • @Nostradamas(1.6);Am very disgusted by your comments. How do you justify the [email protected] of a woman. Men like you are a disgrace to respected and caring men who value their mothers, sisters, nieces, wives , girlfriends and women folk as a whole.

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    • @Olivia, read my comment again. And people here knows me as the master of romance and respect women. I know you might be a victim in your family, am glad you are advocating for respect of women.
      I wrote 2 main issues:
      1. Katete was brave. Yes you guys who [email protected] women be brave by taking your own lives. We don’t even know if Ba Katete indeed [email protected] the girl. I am always in doubt with these cases, look at Ba Katete, how such a humble man do that to a niece.
      2. Teenagers, especially Zambian teenagers, how many times have we SHOUTED at them to STOP getting pregnant at school? Do you see the way they dance these days? What if Ba late mayor Katete found her dancing song “Denya”? And it was friday he might have been drunk. Seriously stop insulting the dead….

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    • KATETE DEFILED MY DAUGHTER, SAYS DAD, ZAMBIA DAILY MAIL NOVEMBER 18, 2014
      For those who have been following stories around former Kitwe Mayor, Divo Katete, this is not the first time this sexual predator was caught with his pants down involved in a case of sexual violence. As the Zambia Daily Mail on November 18, 2014 reported, Divo Katete was put on his defence by the Kitwe magistrate court for having defiled a 15 year old and infected her with an STI. How he got away with this criminal offence beggars belief. It is just surprising that the UPND had kept this sexual predator within its party for such a long time. It says something about whether UPND can fight such sexual offences if put in power. At least he has now killed himself.

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    • HH WROTE:
      “We wish to express our sincere condolences to the people of Copperbelt and the UPND family and most importantly to his wife and his family for this sad news”
      WHAT ABOUT THE RAPED GIRL?

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  1. There is nothing visionary, passionate and fearless about being sexual predator. If the allegations turn out to be true, such people shouldn’t be worshipped and celebrated and HH should have disown this pervert of a man who lacks self control. Our young girls have suffered for a long time and it is time to say enough is enough

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    • Just because you walked away with your raping of your family members doesn’t warrant to to call Katete as a sex predator.
      Katete was a good man, you can tell from picture. He got disappointed of what unfortunately happened no wonder he took his life.

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    • It doesn’t matter how “good” of a person/man you were or are if you [email protected] a child. The moment you cross that line and sexually violate a “child”; YES, you are a SEXUAL PREDATOR and worse, a CHILD MOL3STER! And there is nothing “good” about such a man….!!!!

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  2. Ba UPND, insoni e buntu, how do u call a shameless rapist as a defender of human rights? What kind of a devil is within the party? Instead of sympathising with the raped girl, you here eulogising a rapist? This ain’t the first time his manhood has landed this man in trouble, he had even defiled a 5 year old girl, remember? Ati defender of human rights, mwembwame!

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  3. Ati Defender of human rights? Mwalikwata ichiwa cikalamba ba UPND. You cant even sympathise with the raped girl, ati no he is a defender of human rights. Are your brains working ba UPND? Insoni e buntu. You really busy eulogising a rapist? No wonder I can’t vote for UPND

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  4. These are the types of people UPND is harboring. Look at the calibre of GBM and William Tekere.

    I almost thought the story read UPND president commits suicide. Anyway it’s him next because there’s no way (HH) can pay back what he borrowed from the Boer mercenary thugs for his 6 failed presidential campaigns

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    • “Mr Matambo said Mr. Katete was a pillar and a fearless defender of political and human rights not only in the UPND but the Copperbelt as a whole”

      How about he was a paedophile and fearless defiler an abuser of human rights.

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    • “It’s more shocking to me and my wife Mutinta, because a few days ago Divo paid us a visit at our residence in Lusaka”

      The Devil Katete probably defiled your kids while you were hallucinating about flight (HH) 2021.

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    • Again (HH) chooses to sympathise with his gallant thug Katete while no mention of the poor, silent voice of the tormented girl.

      Can this cheap thug (HH) defend the rights of Women and children if voted into power?

      Probably not. He only cares about his underground bunker.

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    • (HH) is morally bankrupt and he needs to hire psychotherapists to treat his psychotic illness.

      How does he glorify a cowardly raepist?

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    • @Kudos and @Sharon in tight affectionate, you are in bed enjoying just wonder who is rraping who. You PF enjoy your sex life while Katete family is mourning.

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  5. He was a defender of human rights? UPND has its own version of what human rights are. How can a rapist be defender of human rights, oppressed and marginalised? Are u normal ba UPND?

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    • We now understanding why the UPND through thug leader (HH) decampaigned the enhanced Bill of Rights in the referendum 2016.

      This is the end for (HH). I foresee his suicidal end coming soon

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  6. So he didn’t learn anything from that acquittal, may be the case was mishandled by the prosecutors. What a shameful way to die. Why do some people fail to control their lust? Nowadays even women are just as randy.

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  7. His manhood has sent him to am early grave. He first defiled a 5 year old and was set free, and now rapes a 17 year old. What does get from UPND? Praises and Praises!!! What kind of a party is this. No wonder people say HH must answer for contempt and money shouldn’t save him.

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  8. Condolences to the family….MHSRIP….The Bible says ..judge not….Its only God the Creator of everything who can judge….Pipo should avoid critising the dead…..its un African

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  9. UPND needs to call a witchdoctor to remove the ghost in it. You can’t be calling a rapist as defender of human rights? If UPND comes to power, this country will be lawless. HH will use money to run away from prosecution just as he does it with contempt matters. His members will run amok and do anything they want.

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    • Dont allow them to taste power.

      UPND will rape the entire nation of its wealth and set up Chibok camps at Parliament Motel brothel

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    • Dont allow them to taste power.

      UPND will rappe the entire nation of its wealth and set up Chibok camps at Parliament Motel brothel

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  10. UPND’s dreams are coming to a halt just as we witnessing these unfolding events, let’s wait and see.

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  11. “Mr Matambo said Mr. Katete was a pillar and a fearless defender of political and human rights not only in the UPND but the Copperbelt as a whole.”

    Was he really?lets ask the young lady..

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    • A woman left a warning on facebook that laughing gas left her paralyzed. Just a friendly reminder to patients with laughing gas symptoms.

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    • Matambo and Katete were birds of same feathers. They are followers of one Hakainde Hichilema. Above this, Katete couldn’t tame his manhood. a man who rapes women is a hero and celebrated in UPND. he is decorated with all accolades deserving of a hero in UPND. So do u wonder why Hichilema himself is not being cited for contempt of court and UPND is fighting tooth and nail that he shouldn’t face the courts?

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  12. Malambo and Katete were birds of same feathers and followers of Hakainde Hichilema. Typical in them is lack of respect for laws of this country’s because they have donors on their side.

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  13. Even if Jesus was to come and force me to vote for UPND or go to hell, I would be better off choosing hell than giving UPND a vote; a party that glorifies rapists; a party where it’s leader can contempt and the judges freeze but get small guy and poor bishop. UPND doesnt know what justice means.

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  14. Very shallow reasoning by some bloggers. It is sad about the rape – and also sad that someone took his own life. But to equate this with a particular party is low of the lowest. Every party the world over, from time to time has people in various positions committing horrendous crimes. It is not the preserve of political affiliation. Or do you just want to make cheap mileage? How many crooks are in all the other parties?

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  15. No wonder this party is a lost party full of rapists. In all fairness how many girls are out there with their legs wide open and one chooses to enjoy his own niece. Baba a niece is actually your daughter and that appetite should always be controlled. Just go out and look for someone else’s niece not your own niece thats foolish. And Ba UPND ati fearless politician kwisa – bottom power baba – but for a niece No No NO.
    Disaster!!!!

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  16. Those who have followed Divo Katete’s life will remember that this is not the first time he had defiled a close relative. He was actually a repeat offender. A few years ago he committed a similar offense but was acquitted by the courts of law. The man obviously had a sexual problem and should have undergone psychological counseling after the first offense.

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  17. Ba HH, sometimes silence is golden. You may have lost a few more followers with your sympathy for a rapist. Everything your member did was erased by the act he did to his own niece. You should fire your communications person.

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  18. So how did he commit suicide? Did he shoot himself or took a pill? I do not read about how he died anywhere in that story but it says he committed suicide.

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    • He took doom. This man was haunted and worse, he joined UPND with its Masonry stories. what do u expect from such? He may be one of those sacrifices that are made. but this one has backfired

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  19. Surely ba heki heki you and your team of advisers are proper under 5s. Wish you can read through your press release. The man raped someone and worse enough a niece (incest) and you go flat out glorify him. And this is not the first time the man was involved in the same scandle, today to call him honourable!!!! What type of a politician are you who cannot differential nosense from sense even if it matters most to you. Yaba awe naimwe nimwebambi.

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  20. A rapist? I wonder what he was thinking when he visited tri.bal Hacks and saw Mutinta? Dangerous basta.rdo, MHSRIEH.

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  21. #13 Lazy Gay Jay, what are you saying???? Ask the young lady? The dead lady? I think trib.alism is not helping your thought process.
    Just come out in the open and condemn triba.l Hacks for that stupiod statement. Are you that tri.bal that you can’t think?

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  22. Does it mean the wife was denying him conjugal rights and found solace in niece or it’s the UPND evil spirit at work?

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  23. Ati “he committed suicide after he was reported to police” .No sympathy from me coz he committed suicide coz he was only sorry for himself .Had the matter not been reported he’d have continued living as normal with no remorse and probably proud for the sexual gratification he got.

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  24. My sympathies lie only with the young girl, whose life has been destroyed and his wife and kids, who will suffer the shame for his filth and subsequent cowardice. HH you’re presidential aspirant, your handling of any situation in your party is an audition for your presidency, yet you manage to fail consistently, with flying colors… Zambia needs a better caliber of leaders than this mediocrity.

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    • You’re so right. UPND have no idea. They need serious rebranding. Some of these issues may seem like they don’t mean much, but people are listening and reading through the lines. They should have condemned the act strongly, and went on to comfort the girl(victim)and deceased family. Not this nonsensical praising of the offender. Very careless statement from our biggest opposition party.

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  25. Strange, nay, queer fellows these Upnd chaps. Not even an aorta of shame. You don’t sing praises over a beast such as this one, contrition and shame is supposed be the normal reaction.

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  26. Sunday Chanda and his usual rubbish and *****s are being distracted from real issues Zambia is indeed a failed state.Poverty stricken bloggers have to please their political masters for one zali to blog nonsensical trash

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  27. Fake news by Amos Chanda. Zambia Police CB command have refuted this story.Maybe Monday Chanda should try something else, he has failed to prove his relevance to Mwila

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  28. Fake news by Amos Chanda. Zambia Police CB command have refuted this story.Maybe Monday Chanda should try something else, he has failed to prove his relevance to Mwila

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  29. ” Zambia and UPND have lost a gallant patriot and selfless leader whose prime interest was for the advancement of this nation to freedom, equality and prosperity for every citizen.”

    This is the most bizarre and weired statement coming from a senior most opposition leader in the Country ( HH), praising a paedophile and child molester who has obviously caused life time psychological effects to his niece. At times like this we expect politician to raise above political thinking and be morally upright and condenm this kind of behaviour by this party cadre Divo Katete. He surely deserves to die, politicians and leaders should embrace normal and moral behavoirs unlike issuing stupid statements without thinking. Also why not talking about the well being of girl that was raped. Do UPND…

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  30. Perhaps the statements from tri.bal Hacks and Matambo should not surprise us, after all the bulls do this kind of thing as a matter of routine, and upnd is full of them.

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  31. The UPND leader is a wrong one. How do sing praises for a rapist and suicide. HH should have just kept quite. This is bringing his party into question.

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  32. That is the reason Zambia should not have elections in 2021. You can’t think of voting UPND in powere when it’s President is supporting paedophiles. Gender violence in Zambia has reached unacceptable levels,M girls are being killed without recourse to justice, raped ,,policewoman murdered by by boyfriend. A UN Diplomat pillaged by a mob of more than 40 people inclusive of lawyers and members of the judiciary. When are we going to have justice.
    Hakainde”/ failure to separate his political ambitions from those with criminal agendas is taking his own party into shame and ridicule. A leader must take full responsibility of the actions of the people he mingles with and if they commit crimes, he is obligated with distancing and denouncing them. This statement by Haikainde is of great…

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    The UPND leaders should have issued a statement of sympathy for the young girl victim, wishing her well and quick recovery from physical and mental trauma.

    As for PF zealots on here jumping and condemning HH, why the double standard, have you forgotten that your own president pardoned that entire scumbag [email protected] and woman batterer musician and made him ambassador of domestic violence movement, just so he can sing duduna reverse for him at his rallies. Maybe that musician should also have committed suicide too, huh? What’s good for the gander is also good for the goose! Get real spineless cadres.

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  34. After the first experience necessary measures must have put in place so as not to make available minors to him whether at home or elsewhere. Where was his wife.

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    • Just my thoughts too. The man is going to hell kuli Satana for rape as for killing himself that is his own fish to swallow
      For real were there no prostitutes he could have approached even pa nkongole imwe Bantu

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  35. UPND danderheads and sycophants are really dogs and they’re supporting the dead coward what a shame from HH and his cronies

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  36. My heartfelt felt condolences to the Katete and Gondwe families.May the lord give you strength as you pass through this trying moment. My thoughts with you guys Bydon, David and Florence.

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  37. He stood up and spoke for the oppressed and marginalised. He was a gallant soldier who was never ashamed to speak out his mind.The UPND will surely him…mmmm awe mayo the oppressed and marginalised ninfunda buteshi????

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  38. Gallant in rape and a coward. This typical of Upnd who don’t even acce or apologize when they are wrong.

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  39. Not surprised by HH and Mutambos reactions. Has anyone ever heard HH condemn violence. His value for human dignity is zero. Better to keep quiet than to say abnormal things.

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