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World Health Organization Withdraws Invitation To Make Zimbabwe President Goodwill Ambassador After Backlash

The World Health Organization (WHO) has rescinded its invitation to appoint Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe as a Goodwill Ambassador for the NCDs in Africa.

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom tweeted a link to a statement which was posted on the WHO website, informing the public of their decision.

In the statement, he said he had listened to the barrage of abuse directed at the decision and had decided, after talking with the Zimbabwean government, that it was in the best interest of the WHO to rescind the invite to the 93-year-old.

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His statement on the WHO website reads: ‘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.

‘I have listened carefully to all who have expressed their concerns, and heard the different issues that they have raised. I have also consulted with the Government of Zimbabwe and we have concluded that this decision is in the best interests of the World Health Organization.

It added: ‘It is my aim to build a worldwide movement for global health. This movement must work for everyone and include everyone.

‘For me, what is important is to build political leadership and create unity around bringing health to all, based on WHO’s core values.

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