Despot Robert Mugabe is appointed a ‘GOODWILL ambassador’ by the World Health Organisation

Robert Mugabe has been controversially appointed as health ambassador for the World Health Organisation.

Life expectancy in Zimbabwe dropped from 61 in 1985 to 44 in 2003, according to World Bank figures, largely down to the nation’s crumbling economy and widespread poverty. Life expectancy has since recovered – but is still not as high as it was in the mid-1980s.

Mugabe is widely seen as creating the crisis by breaking up the farms that had provided the back-bone of Zimbabwe’s economy, seizing the land from white farm owners and redistributing it to gain political support.