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WHO withdraws Zimbabwean Prez Robert Mugabe’s goodwill ambassador title

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said it had withdrawn the appointment of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe as the goodwill ambassador for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Africa.

world Updated: Oct 23, 2017 09:09 IST
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe addresses the 72nd United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, U.S., September 21, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)

WHO announced last Friday that it had bestowed the honour of goodwill ambassador on Mugabe in recognition of his government’s efforts in fighting NCDs.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, however, said in a statement on Sunday that he had listened to those expressing concerns and heard the different issues they had raised.

And after consultations with the Zimbabwean government, he said they concluded that the rescinding decision was in the best interest of the UN agency.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean government said Mugabe had accepted the decision by WHO.

Foreign Affairs Minister Walter Mzembi said the decision will not affect Mugabe, who will continue to work to raise awareness on NCDs.

“We respect the WHO decision as much as we respect the initial decision to honor our president,” Mzembi said.

The minister added that the decision was a loss to WHO rather than an embarrassment to Mugabe.

Mugabe and his wife remain under European Union and United States sanctions imposed in the early 2000s for political reasons, though several of Mugabe’s allies in government and party have been removed from the EU sanctions lists.

First Published: Oct 23, 2017 09:09 IST