«Mr Mugabe described Zimbabwe's economic problems as "challenges that can be overcome". He vowed to crack down on corruption and blackmarket deals that he said were aggravating currency shortages, and promised to curb inflation, currently 526%, through price controls.
He said he was working to build a rival world-power axis involving China to face up to the unipolar world dominated by the US.
"The speech was entirely delusional," said Iden Wetherell, editor of the Zimbabwe Independent, one of the few remaining privately owned newspapers. "He's living in a world of his own invention. He offered no solutions and appears to think a lifeline is about to be thrown by China and there's no sign of it."»