The Zimbabwean government has reportedly said that the World Health Organisation (WHO) was the “biggest loser” following its decision to revoke the appointment of President Robert Mugabe as its Goodwill Ambassador for Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Africa.
The nonagenarian’s appointment was, however, met with shock and condemnation by health officials and countries, including the United States, which sanctioned Mugabe more than a decade ago over his government’s human rights abuses.
He said he revoked Mugabe’s position in the best interests of WHO.
But, according to Zimbabwe’s state-owned broadcaster ZBC, Minister of Foreign Affairs Walter Mzembi said that although Zimbabwe respected the WHO’s decision, “the global body is the biggest loser”.
“On a name recognition scale, this name beats them all, but it is our business to protect its brand equity from unnecessary besmirching,” Mzembi was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, according to New Zimbabwe.com, Mugabe’s “embarrassing” stripping of the WHO post had many in Zimbabwe celebrating, with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) spokesperson Obert Gutu saying that the UN health agent had “finally seen some sense”.