I know he was very angry with me for diagnosing him with the Martyr Complex but this is what I believe he has.
I know it will be hard for him the coming weeks and months, and I know he found my diagnosis hard to take because I was telling him to give up the only thing he did that he felt gave meaning to his life, and something in which he has invested his heart and soul for the past nine years.
Unkind people have been suggesting that he harboured an unrequited passion for me, but I really do not think this is the case. If I had been a girlfriend, then there are plenty of other fish in the sea.
What he did not want was to give up was his obsession for fighting and losing elections, which fed his martyr complex.
I hope and trust he has enough friends and good people who will help him come to terms with what is really a bereavement for him.
Some of you will feel I have been excessively harsh, but sometimes it is just better to cut deeply and swiftly, particularly when what you are doing is something as drastic as an amputation.
If I had been kinder the process would just have taken longer.
He is an intelligent and resourceful young man with great determination, capable of much much more than remaining poor and losing elections. I trust someone will give him a chance to fulfil his potential.