Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe 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 UN human rights tribunal.