Robert Mugabe says Zimbabwe is not fragile but America is

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is denying his country is in a fragile state and insists it is one of Africa's most developed despite its plunging economy. Mugabe instead claims Zimbabwe is the second most developed in Africa, while calling the United States "fragile".

Other panelists include, former African Development Bank, President Donald Kaberuka, Oxfam Director Winnie Byanyima, Hollywood actor and UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace, Forest Whitaker. "I can call America fragile - they went on their knees to China", he told the forum in Durban.

Zimbabwe's population is actually about 1 percent Muslim, and it has an Islamic Welfare Organization, which Newsweek notes has not yet responded to Mugabe's comments. "After South Africa, I want to see another country as highly developed", he said.

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A small group of Zimbabweans gathered near the venue of the WEF on Thursday, protesting against Mugabe's presence at the conference.

The presence of President Mugabe does not in any way benefit the country in these global forums.

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 resources, perhaps more resources than [any] other country in the world", he said. "To continue driving him beyond his physical and mental possibilities will make us even more of a caricature country and is not good for investment", said Shumba.

Afghanistan-based political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said at his age, and considering that he has travelled across the globe, Mugabe should know that neighbouring countries such as Mozambique that were once far behind Zimbabwe in terms of development are now pulling ahead with thriving economies.

"We are one for the few African countries without its own currency".

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"Over 75% of our people are living in extreme poverty, 70% use the bush as toilets and our debt is over 43% of gross domestic product".

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