If you are following the bail out drama in Spain, you might have seen El Mundo lead on the PM Mariano Rajoy stunning text message to Finance Minister Guindos prior to the bailout negotiations. “Spain no es Uganda (Spain is not Uganda)”.
The Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy sent a text to his finance minister in the midst of negotiations on the terms of a bailout for Spain’s banks. Within the message he was urging his finance minister to hold out for a good deal. The message read: “We’re the number four power in Europe. Spain is not Uganda.” The remark caused a storm of protest in Uganda and some ironic tweets pointing out Ugandan economic success. So how do the two countries compare?
Why he chose to bring Uganda into his game remains a mystery but on twitter #UgandaisnotSpain we tried to send out a message. However many Ugandans have reacted towards Spain’s statement that tries to belittle Uganda as a country. Despite the fact that Uganda is a developing country, Spain has no capacity to belittle our beloved country given that we even see very little influence of Spain over our country.
Some Ugandans even went on to put their anger into writing.