Robert Mugabe: "We are not a poor country"

Posted May 06, 2017

The president also believes that Zimbabwe is less fragile than the United States, disagreeing with the view that his country should be called vulnerable.

On Thursday, a group of protesters from a string of African states picketed outside Durban's International Convention Centre as their leaders convened for the World Economic Forum on Africa.

Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, first as prime minister and later as president.

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"I can call America fragile", Mugabe said.

According to Mugabe, "Zimbabwe have over 14 universities and our literacy rate is over 90 [%] - the highest in Africa". But was he right in denying that Zimbabwe ranks among Africa's as well as the world's fragile states? "We are not a poor country", Mr Mugabe added, while acknowledging that Zimbabwe had problems. Natural resources - boon or drawback?

When asked if Zimbabwe is a fragile country, the president laughed and answered: "That's not true".

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The 93-year old Mugabe did admit to his country's challenges but says the country perhaps has "more resources than the average country in the world". "After South Africa, I want to see another country as highly developed", he said. However, to materialise it into a conducive economy there is a stumbling block, hence making Zimbabwe the poorest country. We can't be a fragile country.

The village spokesman continued: "They finally received our petition and took down our contact details before they promised to get back to us". "The last time we had a starvation in Somalia, 260 000 people died, half of them were children, now it is three famines,"she said".

Afghanistan-based political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said at his age, and considering that he has travelled across the globe, Mugabe should know that neighbouring countries such as Mozambique that were once far behind Zimbabwe in terms of development are now pulling ahead with thriving economies.

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