Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 20 September 2014

Jamaica PM condemns Mugabe remarks

Robert Mugabe made disparaging remarks about Jamaica's male population

Jamaica's prime minister has described remarks by Zimbabwe's leader disparaging the Caribbean island's men were "grossly unfortunate, misguided and untrue".

Portia Simpson Miller issued her statement more than a week after President Robert Mugabe painted Jamaican men as chronic drunkards and unambitious pot smokers during a speech.

She said the foreign affairs ministry first had to make "exhaustive checks" to corroborate Mugabe's September 5 remarks at the University of Zimbabwe.

Ms Simpson Miller did not call for Mugabe to make an apology, as the opposition had demanded. Instead, she said Jamaica was confident his comments "do not represent the sentiments of Zimbabwe" or anywhere else and should be dismissed.

Mugabe said Jamaican "men were always drunk" only "want to sing" and "do not go to colleges".

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