SCANDAL: Spanish Premier Mocks Uganda
According to El Mundo, Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy sent a stunning text message to Finance Minister Guindos prior to the bailout negotiations for Spain banks.
He said, according to El Muno editor Pablo Rodriguez: "Resist, we are the 4th power of the Euro Zone. Spain is not Uganda."
Translated, the phrase means “we're a major power, not some random IMF-case banana Republic.”
The abusive comment has enraged the nation, with Ugandans taking to Twitter and Facebook to express their outrage at the Spanish Prime Minister’s arrogance.
Jolly Z Mutesi said: “Perhaps they first sort out their insolvent state..!!”
Interestingly, Uganda’s economy has of late been performing poorly with Bank interest rates at a staggering 20%.
Unemployment levels especially in urban areas are soaring at unprecedented levels and living conditions seriously deteriorating.
President Yoweri Museveni, in his State Of The Nation Address last week, said the economy was booming though disrupted by what he termed as FDC leader Dr Kizza Besigye’s “lawlessness which has scared away tourists thus shortage of foreign exchange and appreciation of the dollar against the shilling.”
The FDC deputy publicity secretary Toterebuka Bamwenda told press at the party headquarters in Najjanankumbi on Monday that among the economic troubles facing Uganda include poor remuneration of civil servants.
“FDC urges government to establish a salary remuneration review commission so as to look into the affairs of all salary earners in the country. This will bridge the gap between the low income earners and the high income earners,” said Bamwenda.
He added that the president’s mission of only considering scientists for salary increment in the National budget is unfair to other civil servants especially teachers, judges, police officers and the army who earn only peanuts that can’t sustain them and their families for a period of 30 days.
“Government should consider salary increment for other civil servants in the country before reading the budget. It’s not too late to fix their increment in the budget,” he said.
He added that politicians, body guards and drivers earn more than teachers and judges and the rest of other Ugandans who are salary earners, and this has left many local Ugandans wallowing in poverty.
Spanish Prime Minister’s Outburst
Meanwhile, Rajoy further said: This is the problem the German government is going to have as the eurozone crisis moves up the food chain.
Countries like Estonia are happy to be involved in the European project as a way of showing their arrival on the world stage and to try to ward off the Russians.
Spain is hard to boss around. Italy is even harder. If things come to a head between Germany and France, it turns out that the way the EU works (by design!) is that France has all the nuclear bombs and Germany is day-to-day dependent on French electricity exports. But that's extreme.
We're just talking about Spain. But the point is that while the Germans do have the power to just wash their hands of Spain, its mismanaged caja banks, its poorly designed version of fiscal federalism, and its unorthodox working hours it is difficult to boss Spain around.
Even with Greece the limits of bossing around are getting reached.
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Updated on 2013-06-04 10:39
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