Zimbabwe tops failed states index


President Robert Mugabe has been ranked as one of the world’s top five dictators in an annual survey by a United States based non-governmental organisation (NGO) which on Monday said Zimbabwe tops its 2010 failed states index.
Zanu PP spokesperson Rugare Gumbo immediately dismissed the survey as part of the regime change agenda to get rid of President Mugabe.
A list released by the Foreign Policy/Fund for Peace, says President Mugabe comes second after North Korea’s Kim Jong-il who tops the list of the world’s top 23 dictators.
The report blames President Mugabe for the nation’s socio-economic and political ills as the reason for listing the former liberation war leader as a dictator.
“(President) Mugabe has arrested and tortured the opposition, squeezed his economy into astounding negative growth and billion-percent inflation, and funneled off a juicy cut for himself using currency manipulation and offshore accounts,” the organisation claimed in its report.
But Gumbo retaliated: “I really don’t understand these people. One can freely come in and out of Zimbabwe,” said Gumbo. “There is freedom of speech and movement. I don’t attach much credit to these reports and surveys.
“The West hates President Mugabe because he is tough, strong and speaks against racism and neo-imperialism. That is why they hate him and regime change to them is removing President Mugabe. That’s not democracy.”
The survey said North Korea’s leader is “a personality-cult-cultivating isolationist with a taste for fine French cognac”.
It went on: “Kim has pauperised his people, allowed famine to run rampant, and thrown hundreds of thousands in prison camps (where as many as 200 000 languish today) – all the while spending his country’s precious few resources on a nuclear programme.”
In their order from third position as the world’s dictators, the Fund for Peace lists Than Shwe of Burma, Omar Al Bashir of Sudan; Gurbanguly Berdimuhamed of Turkmenistan; Isaias Afwerki of Eritrea; Meles Zenawi (Ethiopia); Hu Jintao (China); Teodoro Nguema (Equotorial Guinea); Hosni Mubarak (Egypt); Yahya Jammeh (Gambia); Hugo Chavez (Venezua); Blaise Compaore (Burkina Faso); Yoweri Museveni (Uganda); Paul Kagame (Rwanda); Raul Castro (Cuba); Aersandri Lukashenko (Belarus) and Paul Biya of Cameroon.
On Monday, the Foreign Policy/Fund for Peace ranked Zimbabwe as one of the world’s top 10 failed states based on factors including its economy, human rights record and security.
The US-based NGO released its 2010 Failed States Index, on Monday, ranking 177 countries to determine those most at risk of failure.
The annual report uses matrix including security threats, economic implosion, human rights violations and refugee flows.
Since the index was published for the first time in 2005, the top 10 slots have rotated among 15 countries, and Foreign Policy said it seems that state failure “is a chronic condition”.
The organisation’s 2010 Failed State Index says the world’s top 10 most vulnerable nations are: Somalia; Chad; Sudan; Zimbabwe; Democratic Republic of Congo; Afghanistan; Iraq; Central African Republic; Guinea and Pakistan.
Countries ranked as being in danger of becoming failed states include India’s neighbours like Sri Lanka, which appears in 25th position and China at 62.
Last week a United Nations agency in its annual report, said Zimbabweans still top the world list of asylum-seekers.