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Oct 22 2017 01:10:09
Outrage erupted around the world Saturday as ruthless Zimbabwean dictator
Robert Mugabe was honored by the United Nations.
Mugabe — a murderous tyrant feted in City Hall 15 years ago at a reception
organized by former Council member Charles Barron and attended by future
Mayor Bill de Blasio — was named a “goodwill ambassador” by the UN’s World
Ironically, Mugabe replaces former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire
well-known for his philanthropy, who was named a global ambassador in August
“This appointment clearly contradicts the United Nations ideals of respect
for human rights and human dignity,” the U.S. State Department said.
Surprised by the widespread denunciations, WHO director general Tedros
Ghebreyesus said on Twitter that he is “rethinking the approach in light of
WHO values. I will issue a statement as soon as possible.”
Zimbabwe was once southern Africa’s breadbasket. But Mugabe, at age 93 the
world’s oldest head of state, has run down its once-prosperous economy
during his decades in power.
Zimbabwe’s economy has shrunk by more than a third during the past 20 years
and its average life expectancy fell from 60 to 50 years in the 30 years
since it became independent in 1980, according to the Washington Post.
“The government of Robert Mugabe presided over the dramatic reversal of its
population’s access to food, clean water, basic sanitation and health care,”
the Physicians for Human rights said in 2008.