No 10 says it has raised its concerns over Robert Mugabe’s appointment, which it described as “surprising and disappointing”.
Zimbabwe’s opposition says the decision to appoint dictator Robert Mugabe as a World Health Organisation goodwill ambassador is “laughable” and an “insult”.
The WHO’s new director general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced the move at a conference in Uruguay, praising the African country for its commitment to public health.
Critics say Mr Mugabe’s policy and his long record of alleged human rights abuses have had a disastrous impact on the health system – with medicine shortages and staff going unpaid.
Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, described the WHO appointment as “laughable”.
Spokesman Obert Gutu said: “The Zimbabwe health delivery system is in a shambolic state. It is an insult.
“Mugabe trashed our health delivery system. He and his family go outside of the country for treatment in Singapore after he allowed our public hospitals to collapse.”