Tanzania isn’t the only African country that’s asked the WHO to pack its things and get out.
Reuters reports That Burundi is expelling the national head of the WHO and three of his subordinates as the country prepares for a presidential election that is being held next week. The WHO had repeatedly raised concerns, claiming holding the vote during the middle of the pandemic wouldn’t be prudent.
These claims obviously irritated the government, which is pushing to hold the country’s first election since President Pierre Nkurunziza stepped down in 2018. A successor candidate from Nkurunziza’s party is strongly favored to win. His government has been accused of human rights abuses and has previously kicked out UN representatives and others investigating human rights abuses, but opposition candidates are openly contesting the vote, and any suppression tactics have been largely hidden from view.