The U.N nominates Zimbabwe(Rhodesia) president as a symbol of tourism...? lessee the same Robert Mugabe that has seized most of the white owned farms from the owners, and passed them off to the veterans of his army. The same person that has turned the breadbasket of Africa into the basket case? The same person that has thrown his political enemies in prison or killed them is awarded the international tourism award? The same person that has nationalized the industries in Zimbabwe and turned them over to his political cronies...? This amply demonstrated the utter ineptness of the U.N among other examples....
The United Nations’ new international envoy for tourism is none other than Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, The Guardian reports.
Mugabe has been accused of ethnic cleansing, strictly controlling elections and the press, and ruining Zimbabwe’s economy.
The Zimbabwe president is an unlikely choice for the post of UN
ambassador, which normally is reserved for high-profile,
do-gooder celebrities such as David Beckham and Ricky Martin. Mugabe is
also currently subject to UN sanctions that include a travel ban, making
the decision to honor him as a “leader for tourism” even more
The post involves hosting the UN World Tourism Organization’s general
assembly next August and fostering the growth of tourism in Zimbabwe
and around the world.
The UN’s World Tourism Organization honored Mugabe’s ally, Zambian
president Michael Sata, at the same time. Because the Zimbabwean
president is not allowed to leave his country, Mugabe signed an
agreement with the UN World Tourism Organization, UNWTO secretary
general Taleb Rifai, and fellow ambassador Zambian president Michael
Sata at the shared border of Zambia and Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls.
Several human rights group have expressed their outrage at the
appointment, including the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition and Movement for
Democratic Change. British MP Kate Hoey, the chair of a parliamentary
group on Zimbabwe, called the announcement “an affront to the people of
Zimbabwe” and “disgraceful.”
Mugabe and his political party, Zanu-PF, insisted the leader’s appointment was proof of the progress being made in Zimbabwe.
“The situation on the ground in Zimbabwe is not as bad as portrayed,”
Rugare Gumbo, a Mugabe spokesman claimed. The UN high commissioner for
human rights, Navi Pillay, seems to agree, and is urging countries to
lift sanctions on Zimbabwe in order to help the nation’s poor.
The UNWTO states that there is no official ambassador program and
that Mugabe has received an open letter from the UNWTO urging him to
support tourism and sustainable development for the benefit of the
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