"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.
President Jacob Zuma has reportedly said that he agrees with President Robert Mugabe's views that Zimbabwe is "mischaraterised".
"They don't talk of Zimbabwe as a fragile economic state". I want to know which country has that level of development that you see in Zimbabwe.More news: Trump tax plan: Relief for his voters but lots of unknowns
"I would go so far as to say that his mere presence is a symbol of the fragility of our country, and we need to re-invent our brand".
Fragile states can not provide most basic services to their citizens and Zimbabweans have seen this at their hospitals, which at times fail to provide health services with the president and the elite flying to foreign countries to get treatment. "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. However, to materialise it into a conducive economy there is a stumbling block, hence making Zimbabwe the poorest country. We can't be fragile country. We get discriminated [against] at the jobs we do because we don't belong here.
Mugabe's government has been struggling to pay civil servants' salaries and has had to stagger bonuses that were due last year into the second half of this year.More news: Higgins rolls back the years to seize initiative in World Championship final
Zimbabwe is ranked 24th on the UNDP's Human Development Index for Africa, and 154th in the world.
Zimbabwe has faced a severe cash shortage since past year and has introduced so-called bond notes as a substitute for the USA dollar, the main currency people use.
"We have a bumper harvest, not only maize, but also tobacco and many other crops. Please help and die for this, ' what would we have said?" asked exasperated Zimbabwean filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga.More news: Chelsea and Tottenham fight for EPL title
Newsweek caught one other comment from Mugabe that is bound to cause some controversy: He thanked God that at least Zimbabwe doesn't have to deal with Islam.