Zimbabwe has been under the rule of a dictator since 1980. Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, is notorious for his ruthless ways of dealing with the problems of a post-colonial country. His land reforms resulted in much economic hardship for the people of Zimbabwe and anyone who was a white farmer in Zimbabwe suffered dire consequences as a result of Mugabe's land grabs post-2000.
The atrocities against the people of Zimbabwe have been documented by Cathy Buckle and I have personally heard of the violence against those opposed to Mugawbe's policies.
Some comments from a 2003 article about Robert Mugabe:
Looking at this effete, uncomfortable little man, it was hard to believe he was one of the world's most ruthless despots, "a caricature of an African tyrant," in the words of South Africa's Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Mugabe's picture hangs on the walls of every public building in Zimbabwe. There is at least one Robert Mugabe Avenue in every city and town. When he travels in his custom, armored $900,000 black Mercedes-Benz, with punctureproof tires, it is with sirens blaring in a 24-car motorcade of armored 4x4s, motorcycles, and military vehicles, which Zimbabweans have dubbed "Bob and the Wailers." Mugabe also has his own choir, a small coterie of women who attend his arrivals and departures, trilling and dancing, in dresses made of fabric emblazoned with his face.
Well, Mugabe may have banned foreign press in 2003, but since that time, he certainly has developed a good relationship with the Watchtower Society. In this following interview, produced by the WTS, the Minister for Tourism in Zimbabwe delivers a "message of gratitude" from President Mugabe to the JW organization. The gratitude comes from the WTS' influx of money into the country from the convention that was recently held there.
Apparently, the JWs are "politically neutral" yet cooperating with despot governments for financial gain is okey dokey.
The WTS has released this video as a feather in their cap but I see it as an indication of how birds of a feather flock together.