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Mugabe Reacts to Withdrawal of WHO Goodwill Ambassador Role.

Mugabe Reacts to Withdrawal of WHO Goodwill Ambassador Role.

President Robert Mugabe has reacted to the withdrawal of the role of World Health Organisation goodwill envoy.

WHO Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, named Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador last Wednesday at a conference in Uruguay.

But the appointment was rescinded on Sunday following a backlash from Western donors, rights groups and opposition parties.

On Friday, the state-owned Herald celebrated the appointment as a ‘New feather in President’s cap’, adding that Mugabe, 93, had accepted the role.

On Tuesday, Mugabe’s spokesman, George Charamba, told the same newspaper: “Had anything been put to the President, (he) would have found such a request to be an awkward one”.

“The WHO cannot take back what it never gave in the first place, and as far as he is concerned, all this hullabaloo over a non-appointment is in fact a non-event.

“To be seen to be playing goodwill ambassador in respect of an agency which has a well-defined stance on tobacco growing and tobacco selling, that would have been a contradiction.”

Tobacco is Zimbabwe’s single largest foreign currency earner, bringing in an average $800 million annually in the last four years.

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  1. LOL, don’t tell me he has nothing catchy to say

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