Zimbabwe’s president Mugabe on Thursday made a statement regarding the economic state of affairs in Zimbabwe, saying that the southern African country is not a weak state.
He reiterated that Zimbabwe is neither a failed nor weak state adding that a country like the United Sates can be categorised as such for its economic reliance on China.
“We are not a poor country and we can’t be a fragile country, I can call America fragile, they went on their knees to China
“Zimbabwe is the most highly developed country in Africa after South Africa.”
Mugbe’s statement was made during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban, South Africa. When the moderator of the discussion asked the 93-year-old whether African leaders have done anything significant to address the issue of state’s fragility, he countered Zimbabwe being listed as a weak state.
Mugabe also seemed to imply that the rate of Zimbabwe’s literacy which stands at 90% and the 14 universities in Zimbabwe are clear indicators that Zimbabwe is neither a failed nor weak state.
Despite President Mugabe’s claim on the economic state of Zimbabwe, unemployment in the southern African country remains at an all-time high, the former breadbasket of Africa has been reduced to a ‘bread begger’ after white-owned farmlands which produced the bulk of economic output were seized and given to affiliates of Mugabe and the ZANU-PF party.
The executive director of Oxfam, Winnie Byanyima who was also on the panel discussing failed states said Zimbabwe’s problem lies in its leaders.
“Our leaders say we are rich, they say we are developed, they say we have resources but the people do not see that. They clamp down on freedom of the media and the rights of people,” she said.
“Let us give others a chance, it is important that we have elections that are free and fair – that reflect the will of the people, that is at the heart of governance.”