The post Zimbabwe is the most highly developed country in Africa - Mugabe appeared first on Vanguard News. "Not just maize, we have cotton and tobacco ... we are not a poor country", Mugabe said. "Yes we have our problems but certainly we have achieved ... we have our resources, perhaps more resources than the average country in the world", he said. However, to materialise it into a conducive economy there is a stumbling block, hence making Zimbabwe the poorest country.
"I don't think of us as a fragile state from an economic point of view". We get discriminated [against] at the jobs we do because we don't belong here.
This, despite at least four million citizens relying on donor aid for survival as hunger stalks nearly half the population.
Among the problems the country now faces are a budget deficit that leaves it struggling to pay civil servants and power shortages due to droughts hindering hydropower generation. "The once-prosperous Zimbabwe now has a cash crunch so severe that livestock in some cases is being accepted instead of currency", notes the Associated Press.
The opposition accuses Mr Mugabe, who has ruled since independence in 1980, of ruining the economy.
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"It is criminal for officials in government to drag the President to such events knowing fully well he will bring the country into disrepute", Biti said. About 90 percent of our people are living below $1 per day. "Zimbabwe is basically a failed little banana republic that can not pay its workers".
Zuma made the remarks after he held talks with the Zimbabwean leader on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Durban.
"But if someone wants to call us fragile, they are free to do so".
Laughing, Mugabe slowly said: "That isn't true". Reports by the statistical service show that 48 percent of the population is educated with over 40 percent of graduates unemployed or under-employed. The denial of the crisis at this level is astounding, to say the least.
Zimbabwe has been struggling to pay its civil servants recently and is ranked 24th on the UNDP's Human Development Index for Africa.