The World Health Organisation, WHO, Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has named Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s President of 30 years a UN goodwill ambassador. With Mr Robert Mugabe on hand, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus told a conference on non-communicable diseases in Uruguay that Robert Mugabe had agreed to be a goodwill ambassador on the issue.
Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, an Ethiopian who became WHO’s first African director-general this year, told delegates that Mr Mugabe could use the role “to influence his peers in his region”.
In his speech,Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus described Zimbabwe as “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all”.
Two dozen organisations, including the World Heart Federation, Action Against Smoking and Cancer Research UK, released a statement slamming the appointment, saying health officials were “shocked and deeply concerned” and citing his “long track record of human rights violations”.
The groups said they had raised their concerns with Mr Tedros on the sidelines of the conference to no avail.
The southern African nation of Zimbabwe was once known as the region’s prosperous breadbasket.
Here are some reactions on Twitter:
richard horton @richardhorton1: Dear Tedros – You must rescind your decision. Here is Human Rights Watch on President Mugabe’. You are endorsing a repressive dictator.
Fadzayi Mahere @advocatemahere: Dear @WHO, What criteria did you use to name President Mugabe a goodwill ambassador? And how dare you mock the health situation in Zimbabwe.
Nyunggai W MundineVerified account @nyunggai: This has to be a sick joke. A murdering dictator a UN Goodwill Ambassador. How are the UN going to defend this?
Rita PanahiVerified account @RitaPanahi: There really is no analogy that does this insanity justice.
hazvie wacho @ThelmaChirume: Does it make me a bad Zimbabwean that I’m disappointed that Robert Mugabe is not trending for dying
Jack Montgomery نVerified account @JackBMontgomery: UN World Health Org (WHO) just made Robert ‘White Killers Will Never Be Prosecuted’ Mugabe a ‘Goodwill Ambassador’. Defunding when, @GOVUK?
Mike S @SodomHall: Robert Mugabe a world health ambassador? Isn’t that a bit like making Josef Fritzl an advisor for good parenting skills?
John SimpsonVerified account @JohnSimpsonNews: Mugabe made WHO goodwill ambassador, Trump blames UK crime on Muslims, Spain imposes rule on Catalans, but my big worry is Chelsea v Watford
Dr Lauren GavaghanVerified account @DancingTheMind: Robert Mugabe. Goodwill Ambassador. A man who has presided over hideous human rights abuses. What is .@UN thinking?
Nicholas KristofVerified account @NickKristof: .@DrTedros Really? You appointed Robert Mugabe a WHO goodwill ambassador? What aged dictator is next on the list?
Beardy Zombie @life_screams_ : Robert Mugabe is going to be a goodwill ambassador for the WHO! The age of stupid really is shooting off the irony scale.
Justice4All @Unathi_Kwaza: Mugabe appointed UN Goodwill Ambassador. Oh my word. Can things get any worse in the world?
David VanceVerified account @DVATW: Globalists sink lower than a snakes belly.
Faith M. KarimiVerified account @faithcnn: World Health Organization names Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as its goodwill ambassador, leaving people scratching their heads
Isabel WebsterVerified account @SunriseIsabel: Mugabe, appointed “Goodwill Ambassador” for WHO?! He’s spent 37yrs destroying Zimbabwe’s health service + has a dodgy human rights record..
Brendan CoxVerified account @MrBrendanCox: This must have been a drunken bet
LilyVerified account @lilyallen: What on God’s earth ?
UK Rants @uk_rants: Saudi Barbaria on the Human Rights Council. Robert Mugabe now a ‘goodwill ambassador’ for WHO.
Top trolling UN, top trolling.
Rod Bishop @rodbishop15: How can organisations like the #WorldHealthOrganisation retain any credibility after making #Mugabe a goodwill ambassador? He’s a murderer.
Meg @MRipley13: Of course Robert Mugabe has been appointed a WHO goodwill ambassador because this is 2017 and NOTHING MAKES SENSE ANYMORE.
Prof. Godfrey Bloom @goddersbloom: Mugabe has been honoured by the WHO for improving Zimbabwean health.
The WHO is expected to posthumously make an award to Adolf Hitler.
Dr Rebecca Marchant @Becca_March: The UN made Robert Mugabe – the murdering, racist, totalitarian Robert Mugabe – a WHO ‘Goodwill’ Ambassador. Peak Orwellian 2017.