Mugabe Appointed Goodwill Ambassador and Then Removed

Oct 23, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) installed Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe as “an official ‘Goodwill Ambassador’” last week. Human Rights Watch derided the decision. Chief executive Kenneth Roth said, “‘Mugabe’s corruption [and] his utter mismanagement of the economy has devastated health services’ in Zimbabwe.” Mugabe does not use his own nation’s healthcare system. He’s gone to Singapore three times in 2017 for his health. A spokesman for Britain’s UKIP said, “This is an appalling choice. Mugabe destroyed his own health services, and his human rights record is abysmal.” “The UN and its agencies make a mockery of their charter — We should put as much pressure to bear upon the UN over these decisions as possible, both diplomatic and, if necessary, financial.” The U.S. State Department issued a statement saying “this appointment clearly contradicts the United Nations ideals of respect for human rights and human dignity.” In September, Mugabe promised that those people who murdered white farmers in the early 2000s would never be prosecuted. After international condemnation for the appointment, the WHO rescinded the appointment on Sunday.