Rebecca Myers

He is best known as a ruthless dictator, tainted by corruption and with countless human rights abuses to his name. Yet from now on Robert Mugabe will be able to add the title “UN goodwill ambassador” to his otherwise unsavoury list of achievements.
The UN-run World Health Organisation (WHO) has provoked outrage by bestowing the prestigious role on Mugabe, 93, Zimbabwe’s first prime minister and second president, but the country’s effective leader for all 37 years since it gained independence.
Diplomats said his appointment was a political payoff from Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus — the WHO’s first African director-general — to China, a long-time ally of Mugabe, and the 50 or so African states that helped to secure Tedros’s election earlier this year.

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