President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe is one of the longest-serving African leaders, but his reign as a goodwill ambassador was the shortest.
Just days after the World Health Organization WHO named Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, the organization went back on its decision and withdrew the appointment.The decision to initially make Mugabe a goodwill ambassador angered and surprised human rights activists, thus rescinding of the appointment.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said he has listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns, and heard the different issues that have been raised.He added that it’s his aim to build a worldwide movement for global health and that the movement must work for everyone and include everyone.
Tedros said he had consulted the Zimbabwean government and concluded it was in the organization’s best interests for the decision to be taken to rescind the appointment.
WHO had announced Mugabe’s appointment last week, saying he was to focus on noncommunicable diseases like heart attack and strokes on the continent
There was a public outcry and several tweets aimed at the organization and its director over the appointment, as Mugabe is known to trample upon human rights and has crushed democracy dissidents.He is also accused of abuse of power as well as corruption.