Mugabe's chiding remarks 'misguided'

2012-09-14 07:52
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. (File, AP)

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

Portia Simpson Miller issued her statement on Thursday, more than a week after President Robert Mugabe painted Jamaican men as chronic drunkards and unambitious pot smokers during a speech at a university in his African nation.

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

Simpson Miller did not call for Mugabe to make an apology, as the opposition had demanded. Instead, she said Jamaica was confident Mugabe's 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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