>> Robert Mugabe has been removed as a World Health Organization goodwill ambassador only five days after he was given the role. The organization stripping the Zimbabwean President of the position on Sunday following outrage from Western donors and rights groups at his appointment. The body's director released a statement saying he had listened to concerns and heard the, quote, different issues raised.
Critics had urged the organization to over turn the appointment accusing the President of destroying his country's economy and of numerous human rights abuses during his 37 years as a leader. Even the British government said the decision was, quote, surprising and disappointing. And risked to overshadowing the organization's global work.
The World Health Organization had hoped Mugabe would influence his peers in Africa to prioritize non-communicable disease. But health leaders described the move as unjustifiable and wrong. In Zimbabwe, medical staff often strike over pay issues, there are frequent drug shortages and Mugabe himself travels to Asia for medical treatment.