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“Zimbabwe is one of the most highly developed countries, second after South Africa” – Robert Mugabe

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Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old president, Robert Mugabe, on Thursday told a panel discussion that his country is the second most developed country in Africa after South Africa.

Mugabe, whose government is struggling with a debt crisis, said the country is not a “fragile state”.

A fall in foreign exchange inflows, and acute shortages of cash that have forced banks to limit withdrawals, as well as growing resistance to his three-decade rule, are other challeneges to his government.

He told a panel discussion on “fragile countries” at the World Economic Forum for Africa in the South African city of Durban that Zimbabwe’s economy was on the mend.

“Zimbabwe is not a fragile state, it is one of the most highly developed countries, second after South Africa. You cannot even talk about us as a ‘fragile state’ from an economic point of view,” he said.

Critics have accused Mugabe of wrecking one of Africa’s most promising economies and causing unemployment of currently around 80 per cent through policies such as violent seizures of white-owned commercial farms and money printing.

Him and his party say the economy has been undermined by Western powers.

“This year we will have a bumper harvest. Not just maize, we have cotton and tobacco … we are not a poor country,” Mugabe said.

Inspite of numerous protests against his leadership, he said many people still supported his government, adding: “Economies cannot grow as quickly as our people expect them to. Investment should have come long ago.”

He is due to lead his ZANU-PF party as its candidate for the next presidential election expected in mid-2018, when he will be 94.

Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa said on Friday that Zimbabwe had met all conditions to clear arrears to the World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB), paving the way for possible funding from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which last lent Zimbabwe money in 1999.

19 Comments

  1. funmilola

    May 4, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    Mugabe is high on cheap drugs

    • seriously

      May 4, 2017 at 7:26 pm

      Or maybe dementia and Alzheimers

    • Phineas

      May 4, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Definately dementia. I might not be a doctor but medical training is not required to diagnose Robert Mugabe.

    • ec

      May 5, 2017 at 8:03 am

      the country is so developed that women who sell goods at the side of the road sleep there because they have not made enough money to go back home.

      Its also so developed that non of your kids have ever schooled in the country.
      and your country has no properly functioning public hospital to speak of.

  2. beautiful Abigail

    May 4, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    what cheap weed can do

    • Ottawa Queen

      May 5, 2017 at 12:04 am

      Or his kai kai can do.

  3. Sanna

    May 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Daddy, you brain stop recalibrating 35 years ago!

  4. kenechukwu

    May 4, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    is zimbabwe the name of a ccountry

    • Honestina

      May 4, 2017 at 9:43 pm

      Show some respect.

  5. le coco

    May 4, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    ????

  6. Diamond

    May 4, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    At least, he is sensible than Buhari that will go abroad and be yarning dust about Nigeria. He is speaking well of his country, no matter how terrible things may be.

    • Jade Edo babe

      May 4, 2017 at 9:46 pm

      Nothing impressive. He’s speaking well of his country and his people are in severe poverty. How ironic. Their own suffering get another level. Zimbabwe is one of the top 5 poorest country.
      It’s time for African leaders to be realistic and stop covering up their shit in the name of trying to be patriotic.
      It’s just extremely sad that I want to weep for Africa sometimes.

    • funmilola

      May 4, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      Bros or sis, that Mugabe is better than buhari is a big fat lie!
      Take it easy

    • ec

      May 5, 2017 at 8:04 am

      he is not speaking well about his country. He is a delusional old fool that eats up all the country’s money. The nation does not have a middle class to speak of.

  7. Tee

    May 4, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    @Diamond abi o, the same way Okonjo denied we were deep in shit before she left. People like you are the reason why Nigeria is where it is. Lying about everything. Showing off fake life on SM just to prove a point. Una doh

    • Diamond

      May 5, 2017 at 8:50 am

      This your response is weak and unintelligent. What does a private citizen showing off on social media got to do with a country and president in this context?
      So we were in deep shit before Okonjo Iweala left, now what are we in? Blazing fire?

    • Diamond

      May 5, 2017 at 9:00 am

      By the way, it is not because of ‘people’ like me that Nigeria is where she is. It is because of the leaders we have had since 1960 that Nigeria is where we find ourselves

  8. gurl_wendy

    May 5, 2017 at 7:46 am

    It actually used to be, that was in the 90’s I lived there for 6 years, it was actually better than South Africa sef, till he ruined the economy.

  9. Global _African

    May 5, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Zimbabwe if any of you care to visit it is a developed country that is far better than most African countries despite it’s economic turmoil.
    Lovely place to live in and far more peaceful than SA… and all it needs to go on the up again…is a change in governance policies… the infrastructure is already there…

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