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 World Health Organisation named Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador following a proposal from director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Ghebreyesus praised Zimbabwe for its commitments to public health.
Dr Ghebreyesus 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”.
As President of Zimbabwe since 1987, 93-year-old Robert Mugabe presides over a regime accused of corruption and human rights abuses.
He previously expressed tacit support for the killing of gay people.
Additionally, his homophobic actions contribute to a worsening HIV crisis in the country.
Mugabe previously referred to homosexuality as a filthy disease.
He 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”.
In 2015, he told the United Nations General Assembly that “we [Zimbabweans] are not gay”.
He added: “That (homosexuality) destroys nations, apart from it being a filthy, filthy disease.”
Ahead of the election, he called for the castration of gays.
He described homosexuals as worse than animals because pigs “know who to mate with.”
Mugabe’s public campaign against Zimbabwe’s LGBTIQ communities commenced in 1995.
International Book Fair
After coming across the stall of Gays and Lesbians of Zimbabwe (GALZ) at the country’s annual International Book Fair, he appeared to become enraged.
“I find it extremely outrageous and repugnant to my human conscience that such immoral and repulsive organizations, like those of homosexuals, who offend both against the law of nature and the cultural norms espoused by our society, should have any advocates in our midst and elsewhere in the world.”
Although once praised as a revolutionary hero of the African liberation struggle, Mugabe tarnished his legacy during his long term of government.
Robert Mugabe presided over a dictatorship responsible for economic mismanagement, corruption, human rights abuses, and crimes against humanity.
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