Mukono Municipality MP, Hon Betty Nambooze Bakireke, has concluded that only idiots can find happiness in President Yoweri Museveni’s government.
The vocal legislator says she realised that bitter fact while conversing with her brother on a calm Sunday.
“My brother told me that it’s quite very painful and dangerous to be a clever and wise person under Museveni’s rule. The only people who can find happiness and peace of the mind today are the idiots. “
The brother apparently told her that the wise and people of conscience will remain miserable and endangered.
Quoting American author, Ernest Hemingway, who states: “Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know”, Nambooze concluded that the best state of mind is ignorance.
“The presence of a faithful and loving partner, a great family life and a successful career may not be enough to prevent an intelligent soul in Uganda today not to feel grief and melancholy,” the legislator says.
Nambooze observed that intelligent Ugandans are the victim of over analysis, saying many of her colleagues with high level of intelligence lean towards over-thinking and are kept in a situation of analysing everything that occurs in the country, surroundings and beyond to an extent that most Ugandans today are analysts as a profession.
“Too much thinking, experts say is exhausting, especially when your thoughts lead you to conclusions which vex and frustrate you. They weigh you down, but you can’t help but think and think, yet at the end of the day you realise there some people who are not on the same page like you,” she says.
Nambooze says her colleagues have been questioning her over infighting in Democratic Party [DP], adding that to this ignorant group, the mere fact that they hear no arguments in the party is a clear sign that its soon taking power.
According to her, ‘ignorance is bliss’-the reason ignorant people wonder why Nambooze would push on even on matters that would require “compromise”.
“An intelligent person won’t be contented that he can afford fees for his children when the neighbour’s children are not at school because you will quickly inform your mind that your children will have to face their uneducated age mates soon.”
She adds: “This will drive you into advocating for better education for all children and the ignorant group will challenge you quickly; ‘well you are saying all that yet your children are in good schools’, imagine!”
Nambooze concludes thus: “So if you find yourself happy under this regime praise the lord you were created stupid and insensitive and if you’re unhappy amidst ”success” at an individual level, then you are an intelligent person and please don’t be discouraged, you just need to push on to give yourself and your children a country that will offer you an atmosphere of peace and happiness.”
She cited cases of people being evicted from their land, many dying because there is no money to buy a cancer machine, stolen billions of tax payers money by government officials, a market set on fire, 15,000 vendors rendered jobless, an army helicopter turned into a funeral service van for dead VIPs or a national team losing due to luck of government funding.
The legislator says while reflecting on philosophical problems, global affairs and the eternal questions of life that have no answers, she realised that the stupid who can afford to ignore, can feel light-hearted, cheerful and happy.