Mugabe insists Zimbabwe not fragile despite plunging economy

Adjust Comment Print

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.

The Zimbabwe President made this known at the World Economic Forum, now taking place in South Africa.

"We have resources, perhaps more resources than [any] other country in the world", he said.

Twitter responded to his remarks in customary Twitter style: memes. "I can call America fragile - they went on their knees to China", said Mugabe.

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai, through his spokesperson Luke Tamborinyoka, said he had been shocked at the level of Mugabe's disconnect from reality.

Mugabe said there was an abundance of mineral resources in the country.

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.

Mugabe also linked Muslims to terrorism around the world.

In 2016, Zimbabwe was the 16th most fragile state in the Fragile States Index out of 178 states surveyed.

"In reality, Zimbabwe is actually a failed State in which more than 75 percent of the population is living in grinding poverty and penury".

"We are now a basket case, thanks to decades of Zanu PF misrule, rampant corruption and unprecedented dereliction of governmental responsibility", Gutu went on.

South African President Jacob Zuma has backed President Robert Mugabe's stance that Zimbabwe is not in a fragile state.

"I went into Nigeria three weeks ago to this region of the North East where Boko Haram has raised havoc since 2009 and now 47 000 people are living in starvation conditions even though it has not been declared and five million are on the brink of starvation". Our GDP per capita is the lowest in Southern Africa.

"With unemployment of over 90%, a virtually dead industrial sector, acute cash shortages, where people are sleeping in bank queues, the fragility of our country is not in doubt", he said. I think that is completely wrong because there are elements of fragility everywhere."When we talking about fragility we think about countries, in fact, the spinover effects of fragility in one area can outgrow consequences". "Mugabe has to know this reality", Saungweme said.