Events Promoter Balaam Barugahara on Tuesday faced it rough when Mukono Municipality Member of Parliament Betty Nambooze described him as President Yoweri Museveni’s ‘useful idiot’ who propagandizes his master’s cause without grasping the undercurrents of his mission.
Balaam was yesterday a guest on NBS TV’s Barometer political show and one of the panelists Nambooze gave him a ‘warm’ welcome by roasting him.
Nambooze said the Radio4 proprietor didn’t deserve to appear on a serious political show like ‘Barometer’ and that he is supposed to be on entertainment shows with his unserious talks.
“When I entered here and saw Balaam I thought it was a Saturday that I made a mistake and came for Uncut Sabula, in that show they make interviews on musicians. I want to warn you [moderator] that stop bringing Balaam and the people of his caliber to this show, they belong to Uncut Sabula. This man just came to confuse Ugandans,” the legislator said.
“I’m not abusing Balaam, but people like him are called useful idiots, they just serve their masters without knowing their end mission. President Museveni described people like Balaam in his ‘Sowing the Mustard seed’ book. He said that when Binaisa was President, he made State House a place of brokering deals and that’s what Balaam is doing now days.”
The lawmaker later posted on her Facebook, explaining in detail why she used the term “useful idiot” on Balaam.
Nambooze wrote: “According to Wikipedia a useful idiot is a term for a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals, and who is cynically used by the cause’s leaders. The term was originally used during the Cold War to describe non-communists regarded as susceptible to communist propaganda and manipulation.The term has often been attributed to Vladimir Lenin.
The idiocy talked about is for this person not knowing the evil plan the people he is serving have against the side he would have naturally belonged to…For example a dog is a useful idiot when it’s used by man to hunt down other animals. Such people are useful to the oppressor.
The oppressor will use such a human being,exploit, place him in controversies and at times expose him to danger, hate and disrepute….Act as a betrayer of the group seeking to resist the aggressor as he gets deployed fully against his own and later drop him as a “useless idiot”.
Does Balaam for example know what Mr. Museveni is plotting against all of us Ugandans? Yet Balaam suspended all what he was doing to run around as a devilish character using money to recruit for the Junta. Monetising politics is one of the most dangerous things, a true cancer that lays ground for endemic corruption that deeply harm the Nation.”
However, social media users have since showered praised on Nambooze, and have aired out their views regarding Nambooze’s description of Balaam.
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