The Spanish text message that has Uganda up in arms | Transitions

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It’s been three days since I first heard about the insulting sms message sent by Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (shown above) to his finance minister: “Stand your ground, we’re the number four power in Europe. Spain is not Uganda.” Business Insider translated the statement as follows: “We’re a major power, not some random IMF-case banana republic.” (A friend and blogger, Rosebell Kagumire, first posted it on Facebook, where I saw the link to the article.)

It was an affront to me as a Ugandan. Indeed, a number of netizens — both Ugandans and non-Ugandans — took to Twitter with the hashtag #ugandaisnotspain to protest the remarks. Ms. Kagumire set up the hashtag on Twitter in order to prompt Ugandans and friends to comment about the article:

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