Robert Mugabe the infamous former leader of Zimbabwe has been named tourism ambassador. The United Nations is trying to promote tourism to Africa. Africa needs to have tourism to help improve the economies of the countries there. Many of the countries there are truly beautiful. The problem is that the majority of them are unstable and dangerous.
Mugabe is one of the reasons that is true. The man is a murderer. He has jailed and beaten his opposition. Zimbabwe now has one of the highest rates of HIV/AIDS transmissions in the world; about 3,500 people die per day.
So the question that needs to be asked of the bureaucrats enjoying the tax-free scenery from the UN’s headquarters on Turtle Bay, is how does a destroyer of nations like Mugabe become a tourism ambassador? I just hope the tourists read the fine print when they book their next trip to Zimbabwe. I also wonder if they know that the country has now been listed as “very high” with respect to major infectious diseases like HIV/AIDS, bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, schistosomiasis, and rabies just to name but a few?
We give the UN $26 million a year for what reason? They have long ago walked away from their true charter.