Balaam is a useful idiot- Nambooze


Mukono Municipality MP Betty Nambooze labelled events promoter Balaam Barugahara a “useful idiot” on live television.

The two were Tuesday night appearing on NBS Television’s Barometer political show.

“When I reached the entrance and saw Balaam, I thought that I made a mistake and came on Saturday. I thought I came on UNCUT Sabula,” Nambooze said, sending other guests rolling with laughter.

UNCUT Sabula is an entertainment related show on NBS TV that airs every Saturday.

She accused Balaam of allegedly diluting the debate on serious matters, labelling him an idiot.

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“Nothing hurts me like seeing someone on TV trying to mislead the country. We are discussing substantial issues like bribery in politics, he’s here confusing us.”


She went on: “In politics, we call such people useful idiots.”

A “useful idiot” is a person cynically used by political leaders for their selfish interests.

Nambooze then asked the moderator, Zambaali Bulasio Mukasa, never to host her on a show with people like Balaam.

Balaam in defence said:” I’m not a politician. I support President Museveni because of stability.”

He added: ” Many people come to me, they want to access and support the president. I’m a scout. I don’t have a lot of money, I give people the little money I earn.”



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