While we’ve all long agreed that Uncle Bob has damaged Zimbabwe beyond repair, the ancient leader of the South African country is proclaiming the nation “the most highly developed country in Africa”.
Robert Mugabe made the proclamation this morning at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Durban. The nonagenarian was responding to a question which suggested that Zimbabwe has failed as a country.
The question was posed by Anton du Plessis from the Institute for Security Studies. Du Plessis asserted that bad leaders and corruption are the major factors causing fragile states in the continent.
Referring to Mugabe’s country, Du Plessis asked the old leader to comment on the global belief about Zimbabwe being the perfect example of a failed nation.
Responding, Mugabe declared that his country is the most highly developed country in Africa.
“That is not true!” He started. “Zimbabwe is the most highly developed country in Africa. After South Africa, I want to see another country as highly developed.
Mr Mugabe didn’t just declare his nation the most highly developed country in Africa, he offered some “facts” and figures to support his declaration.
For instance, he pointed out that Zimbabwe can boast of 14 universities with a literacy rate that’s above 90%. With that, he said: “…Yet they talk about us as a fragile state.
“We have a bumper harvest,” he continued, “not only maize but also tobacco and many other crops. We are not a poor country. If anyone wants to call us fragile, they can. You can also call America fragile,” Mugabe added.
Robert Mugabe also inferred that the fragility of countries in the continent shouldn’t be blamed entirely on African leaders.
According to him, the fragility comes from young Africans who wouldn’t man-up and stop looking up to government for food and jobs. This attitude of young Africans, he said, inspire clashes between those supporting a government and those opposing it.
Also, he pointed out that the fragility in some countries in Africa is caused by the clashes between religious doctrines.
“…In the Islamic world, the belief is that the more violence you exert on the population, the more they listen. In Africa, you also had a touch of the Muslim world in some countries, but in the south, it wasn’t our experience, thank God,” Mugabe finished.