Robert Mugabe: "We are not a poor country"

Slumped and mumbling, 93-year-old Mugabe denies Zimbabwe is

Slumped and mumbling, 93-year-old Mugabe denies Zimbabwe is "fragile"

"We discussed the issue of the situation in the country, the success of the World Economic Forum now and also about the need for us to meet more often, particularly the former liberation movements".

Opposition parties yesterday slammed President Robert Mugabe and demanded his immediate resignation after he ridiculously claimed that Zimbabwe is only second to South Africa (SA) in terms of development on the continent.

South Africa is, in fact, Number 9 on the United Nations index, far above Zimbabwe.

He proved his point by saying, Zimbabwe has 14 universities, while the literacy rate is over 90% - the highest in Africa.

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"We have a bumper harvest, maize, tobacco, and other crops". 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".

"Mr. Mugabe has presided over hyperinflation, soaring unemployment, and plummeting economic output during his 30-year grip", Sky News observes.

The two leaders met on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa summit in Durban.

Mugabe has been in poor health for the past few years, prompting a string of health scares and frequent trips to Singapore for medical "reviews".

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According to a journalist who was tweeting the discussion, du Plessis asked: "Do you agree, Mr President, is Zimbabwe a fragile state?"

Not that the government works terribly well when Mugabe is around.

Bank queues have become a common sight, as desperate Zimbabweans search for scarce cash, despite a decision by Mugabe to print a surrogate currency known as bond notes, which is slowly disappearing as well.

More specifically, the Zimbabwean Education Ministry suggested last month that parents should be able to pay school tuition for their children using livestock. Reports by the statistical service show that 48 percent of the population is educated with over 40 percent of graduates unemployed or under-employed. He says he has strong support across the country. The country was once known as the breadbasket of southern Africa.

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