On Wednesday, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) announced that it has appointed Zimbabwe’s president for life, Robert Mugabe, as its new goodwill ambassador. The organization was soon swamped in worldwide protest at the utter tone-deafness of showering such an honor on the man who has destroyed his nation’s healthcare system while frequently flying to Singapore to receive life extending treatment for himself.
The W.H.O. has officially withdrawn the title today.
The appointment itself should cause nations to look carefully at what is going on at the W.H.O. and the phenomenon of regulatory capture of transnational institutions by corrupt bureaucrats from pariah nations.