So, the World Health Organisation, WHO decided to make Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador.

Whatever may have informed the decision isn’t sure, but it didn’t sit quite well with some WHO donors and rights groups who kicked against the appointment.

And now, the world health body has been forced to remove the Zimbabwean leader as a goodwill ambassador.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who made the appointment at a high-level meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Uruguay on Wednesday, said in a statement that he had listened to those expressing concerns.

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“Over the last few days, I have reflected on my appointment of H.E. President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. As a result, I have decided to rescind the appointment,” Tedros said in a statement posted on his Twitter account @DrTedros.

In announcing the appointment, Tedros had hailed Zimbabwe as "a country that places universal health coverage and health promotion at the centre of its policies to provide health care to all".

That claim was widely blasted by critics, who noted that the 93-year-old and increasingly frail Mugabe travels abroad for his own medical needs, calling that a sign of the devastation he has wrought on Zimbabwe's health system.

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