Zimbabwe is more developed than Nigeria - Mugabe

We’re not fragile like US which went on its knees to China’ – Zimbabwe president Mugabe

"They don't talk of Zimbabwe as a fragile economic state".

However, it was his sleeping that caught the attention of many on social media.

Mugabe, who took part in a panel discussion yesterday on fragile States at the ongoing World Economic Forum in Durban, South Africa, where he shared the stage with American actor Forest Whitaker and Donald Kaberuka, the special envoy for the African Union Peace Fund, among others, dismissed reports of poverty in Zimbabwe.

Chiyangwa said Mugabe was glaringly out of touch with the situation in Zimbabwe. "I can call America fragile - they went on their knees to China", he told the forum in Durban.

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

In Byanyima's parting shot to Mugabe, she said: "Let us give others a chance, it is important that we have elections that are free and fair - that reflect the will of the people, that is at the heart of governance". Natural resources - boon or drawback? "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. "We are not a poor country".

"We are not a poor country and we can't be a fragile country".

The presence of President Mugabe does not in any way benefit the country in these worldwide forums. We get discriminated [against] at the jobs we do because we don't belong here. After South Africa, I want to know which country has that high level of developments that we see in Zimbabwe. "The last time we had a starvation in Somalia, 260 000 people died, half of them were children, now it is three famines,"she said".

After Mr Mugabe came to power in 1980, he was widely praised for improving access to education in the country and in the 1990s, it did have among the highest literacy rates in Africa.

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