Published: Sat, May 06, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jose Becker

Mugabe: Zimbabwe more developed than Nigeria

Mugabe: Zimbabwe more developed than Nigeria

President Jacob Zuma says he agrees with his counterpart Robert Mugabe that Zimbabwe is not a fragile state.

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.

The nonagenarian maintained that Zimbabwe was the most highly developed country in Africa, after South Africa.

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".

"Whatever Mugabe was smoking is worse than human waste as it is also evident that after vomiting such nonsense he goes on to sleep whilst the WEF session is still on", said Chiyangwa. However, Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, hit back, saying his country was not poor and was highly developed.

"We, as the Congolese Solidarity Campaign and the [Congolese] community in Durban and others parts of the land of SA, have raised our voices and said "no" to the continued destabilisation of our motherland", the statement said.

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"We have resources, perhaps more resources than the average country in the world, gold, diamonds, chrome, coal, et cetera. Zimbabwe's national road and railway infrastructure is dilapidated; our public hospitals are a complete mess in which even the most basic of medicines such as painkillers and drips are hard to come across", he said.

Ironically, his admission that Zimbabwe has resources in abundance fits into the "resource curse" description which says that countries with an abundance of natural resources tend to have less economic growth, less democracy, and worse development outcomes than those with fewer natural resources.

When asked if Zimbabwe is a fragile country, the president laughed and answered: "That's not true". Our GDP per capita is the lowest in Southern Africa.

"I don't think of us as a fragile state from an economic point of view".

"And Mugabe is responsible for this and he has to accept it", he said.

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