Mugabe insists Zimbabwe not fragile despite plunging economy

Mugabe insists Zimbabwe not fragile despite plunging economy

Speaking during a panel discussion at the ongoing World Economic Forum on Africa on Thursday morning, Mugabe said his country is not a poor country and it can't be a fragile country.

According to the Fragile States Index, in 2016 some of the continent's most fragile states included Somalia, South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Niger, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, and Chad.

Donald Kaberuka, former President of the African Development Bank Group, said: "Today we are talking about fragility in Africa. I can call America fragile - they went on their knees to China", said Mugabe. He also said Zimbabwe was rich in natural resources. I want to know which country has that level of development that you see in Zimbabwe.

That was after Mugabe told a panel discussion that Zimbabwe was second to South Africa in terms of development in Africa.

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

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

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

"Mugabe needs to travel to other countries and see why Zimbabwe is a fragile State".

"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".

"We are not a poor country and we can't be a fragile country".

"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".

After Mr Mugabe came to power in 1980, he was widely praised for improving access to education in the country and in the 1990s, it did have among the highest literacy rates in Africa.

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