UN's new international envoy for tourism: Robert Mugabe

Improbable as it seems, the Zimbabwean president, who is widely accused of ethnic cleansing, rigging elections, terrorising opposition, controlling media and presiding over a collapsed economy, has been endorsed as a champion of efforts to boost global holidaymaking.

Despite that fact that the 88-year-old is banned from travelling to many countries, he has been honoured as a “leader for tourism” by the UN’s World Tourism Organisation, along with his political ally, Zambian president Michael Sata, 75.

The pair signed an agreement with UNWTO secretary general Taleb Rifai at their shared border at Victoria Falls .