The World Health Organisation (WHO) has “listened carefully” to criticisms and reversed its decision to appoint Zimbabwe tyrant Robert Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador.
The WHO had named Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador following a proposal from director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who praised Zimbabwe for its commitments to public health.
Dr Ghebreyesus had claimed that under Mugabe’s rule, Zimbabwe has become “a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all”.
Robert Mugabe, 93, has been the President of Zimbabwe since 1987, and has presided over a regime that has been accused of corruption and human rights abuses.
He has previously expressed tacit support for gay people being put to death, and his homophobic actions have been blamed for a worsening HIV crisis in the country.
Mugabe has previously claimed homosexuality is a filthy disease and insisted Zimbabwe would “never, never, never” support homosexuality.
During his 2013 inauguration address, Robert Mugabe urged young Zimbabweans to “damn” homosexuality, calling it a “white disease”.
He added: “That (homosexuality) destroys nations, apart from it being a filthy, filthy disease.”
Ahead of the election, he said that gays should be castrated and also described homosexuals as worse than animals because pigs “know who to mate with.”