Mugabe insists Zimbabwe not fragile despite plunging economy

President Robert Mugabe napping at WEF Africa. Image Twitter

After a meeting on Thursday with the 93-year-old Mugabe on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban, South Africa, Zuma told the media that Mugabe described Zimbabwe as it is.

Citing the state's 90% literacy rate, he went on: "Zimbabwe is the most highly developed country in Africa after South Africa". "After South Africa, (I) want to see another country as highly developed". He also boasts that Zimbabwe has "more resources, perhaps more than the average country in the world".

Twitter responded to his remarks in customary Twitter style: memes.

"I can call America fragile", Mugabe said.

Laughing, Mugabe slowly said: "That isn't true".

"We, as the Congolese Solidarity Campaign and the [Congolese] community in Durban and others parts of the land of SA, have raised our voices and said "no" to the continued destabilisation of our motherland", the statement said.

However, his claims infuriated opposition parties and ordinary Zimbabweans - who are struggling daily to make ends meet, as they sleep in bank queues trying to withdraw their hard-earned money.

"We are not too sure whether..." But was he right in denying that Zimbabwe ranks among Africa's as well as the world's fragile states?

Newsweek caught one other comment from Mugabe that is bound to cause some controversy: He thanked God that at least Zimbabwe doesn't have to deal with Islam.

Fragile states can not provide most basic services to their citizens and Zimbabweans have seen this at their hospitals, which at times fail to provide health services with the president and the elite flying to foreign countries to get treatment.

"Over 75% of our people are living in extreme poverty, 70% use the bush as toilets and our debt is over 43% of gross domestic product". Our GDP per capita is the lowest in Southern Africa. "Please help and die for this, ' what would we have said?" asked exasperated Zimbabwean filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga.

"Roads are killing innocent citizens daily, hospitals are death traps without medication, we do not even have our own currency and the recently introduced bond notes have failed dismally to curb the cash crisis".

"And Mugabe is responsible for this and he has to accept it", he said.


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