By David Himbara
The term “useful idiot” describes a person perceived as propagandizing for a cause without fully comprehending the cause’s goals, and who is cynically used by the cause’s leader. This is a perfect description of Tito Mboweni who just resigned as South Africa’s finance minister. Mboweni whitewashed Kagame as a model African leader, while the Rwandan strongman regularly sent killers to murder exiled Rwandans on South African soil.
General Paul Kagame’s South African propagandist, Tito Mboweni, crashed out of the Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet on August 5, 2021. Mboweni was replaced by Enoch Godongwana as Finance Minister. Kagame will no doubt miss Tito Mboweni. It is unclear how Kagame and Mboweni first met. We know for certain that Mboweni became a member of Kagame’s advisory team on the African Union reform process.
From 2016 onwards, Mbowani became Kagame’s praise-singer, popularizing Kagame’s narratives of being a transformative African leader, creating wealth, building the cleanest city in Africa, and building the best national airline, RwandAir. Mboweni would not stop propagandizing for Kagame even after becoming South Africa’s finance minister in 2018. Mboweni contrasted Rwanda’s successes under Kagame against South African failures, arguing South Africa to model itself after Kagame’s Rwanda. In June 2019, Finance Minister Mboweni jetted to Kigali, Rwanda where he tweeted that it “feels good to be in the company of a smiling President.”