Could be worse

May 31st, 2012 at 7:48 am by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

Zimbabwean president is the latest international envoy to represent the United Nations World Tourism Organisation.

Mugabe gained the recognition despite a poor international reputation in which he is accused of ethnic cleansing, rigging elections and leading Zimbabwe’s ruined economy.

University of Zimbabwe politics professor John Makumbe was surprised by the accolade.

“I think it’s ridiculous because Zimbabwe is one of the countries least used by tourists,” said Makumbe.

“Tourism is at its lowest level because of the political and economic crises it’s gone through. Tourists really wish Victoria Falls was in another country, like South Africa.

It could be worse. At least he wasn’t appointed to a human rights tribunal.

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13 Responses to “Could be worse”

  1. graham (2,328 comments) says:

    It could be worse. At least he wasn’t appointed to a UN human rights tribunal.

    Don’t joke about such things, DPF – your words may come back to haunt you …

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  2. Peter (1,688 comments) says:

    This is the UN we’re talking about.

    Up is down.

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  3. graham (2,328 comments) says:

    Don’t know who made that decision, but I suspect there will be a lot of tempers flaring behind closed doors. I note the same article says “The UNWTO said it had not appointed Mugabe to any formal position and that Mugabe had only signed an open letter about supporting tourism to heads of state.

    Which sounds something like “Someone in the UNWTO made a dumbass decision and the rest of us are trying to work out the best way to distance ourselves from it.”

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  4. Sonny Blount (1,848 comments) says:

    New documentary about the UN

    http://www.unmemovie.com/

    Don’t worry, it’s made by a conservative, not Michael Moore.

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  5. Cunningham (836 comments) says:

    ‘At least he wasn’t appointed to a UN human rights tribunal.’ that will probably come next. Having been to Zimbabwe a couple of times this makes my blood boil. He has destroyed a beautiful country with amazing people.

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  6. Elaycee (4,352 comments) says:

    Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) used to be known as the food basket of Africa. Now it’s only recognised as the cot case.

    Thanks, Robert. Great job! You’ll fell right at home at the UN….

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  7. Grant (434 comments) says:

    Before 1980 tourists used to go to Rhodesia to see the Ruins of Great Zimbabwe, now they go to Zimbabwe to see the ruins of Rhodesia.
    G

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  8. kowtow (8,167 comments) says:

    This story was reported in yesterdays’ UK Daily Telegraph. The UN human rights wallah is calling for sanctions to be lifted ,so it almost is as bad.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/zimbabwe/9298840/Robert-Mugabe-appointed-UN-leader-for-tourism.html

    So the UN critises Syria but wants this black butcher back in the fold.

    The UN has passed its’ use by. In fact once Communist Russia was in it was all over.Compromise with that genocidal butcher ruined the UN. Only truly democratic states should be allowed membership.

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  9. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    The UN is a den of communists and Mugabe shows the US hypocrisy blatantly. If he had oil he wouldn’t have lasted five minutes

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  10. lastmanstanding (1,278 comments) says:

    Klark is in her element serving in the corrupt UN. Look at the Syria situation. So called civilised countries sitting on their hands whilst women and children are slaugthered. All these so called leaders including our own tut tutting and preening. The UN and the countries that are tacitly support the Syrian leadership are just a bunch of arseholes.

    So what could they do. Resign from the UN. If NZ OZ and a few others walked it would send a powerful message. Afterall what are China and Russia going to do. Launch a muke strike on NZ and OZ. Dont think so but it would sure as hell embarass their leaderships. They would still trade with us their people have and are getting used to the stuff we produce so they wouldnt want to piss them off.

    Who knows If a couple of countries walked a number may follow and expose the UN for what it really is. A giant gold plated gravy train sucking up Billions and achieving jack shit.

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  11. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    These are the same wankers who put Gaddafi as chairman of the Peace Committee why the surprise , shock horror.

    The USA are correct in witholding fees for this corrupt organization.

    If all members stopped paying the place would cease to exist, perfect.

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  12. peterwn (3,239 comments) says:

    ‘It could be worse. At least he wasn’t appointed to a UN human rights tribunal. – or International Telecommunications Union chair.

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  13. Joseph Carpenter (213 comments) says:

    This would be the same UN that currently has Syria as one of the twelve seats on the UNESCO standing Human Rights Committee (Syria appointed November 2011 and seat occupied Jan 2012 by President Bashar al-Assad second cousin). Syria also has one of the seats on the standing Cultural committee. NZ have paid NZ$122 million to UNESCO since 2000, so the answer is no it couldn’t be much worse.

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