THE EDITOR, Sir:
Robert Mugabe is entitled to his opinion, and, of course, it is his democratic right to speak on any subject he so desires, even if that particular subject is not his forte. As it is said in the Desiderata, 'Listen to the dull and ignorant, for they too have their story.'
A story carried by The Sunday Gleaner of September 9, 2012 alleged that President Robert Mugabe has warned Zimbabweans "not to be like Jamaican men, who are drunkards and ganja smokers". The article went on to say that he claimed that Jamaican men have allowed their women to take over their universities.
While it is true that women outnumber men in our tertiary institutions, which is not unique to Jamaica, such a statement has the undertones of retrograde thinking.
For a head of state to have blanketed the citizens of another country with such caustic remarks, people from whom he has received moral support and has been enjoying an amiable relationship for more than three decades, must leave one wondering if psychological inertia has set in.
Mugabe's behaviour, in recent years - especially with his land-reform policy and his treatment of his oppositions, and how he single-handedly managed to bring Zimbabwe's economy from growth and prosperity to virtual ruin - has been nothing less than that of a deranged despot.
Mugabe has wantonly allowed the blood of the people of Zimbabwe to stain the soil. Many have been beaten and tortured, imprisoned, and even driven from the country of their birth under the tyranny of Mugabe.
So with what moral authority does he so castigate the men of Jamaica? It is a well-known fact that the voice of the Jamaican people has been very loud in championing the cause of Zimbabwe and the many other African nations that were under oppressive regimes.
Yes, we were there to cheer Mugabe along in his quest for the liberation of his country and his countrymen, and if it had been made possible, many of us would have gone there to stand with him as comrades in arms.
Now to have him casting aspersion on every Jamaican man, which he has no reasonable grounds to - because all over the globe there are large numbers of substance abusers, be it alcohol or other form of drugs such as ganja - is like a brother embracing you while stabbing you in the back.
Ensom City, Spanish Town