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Montague pushes for action against Mugabe

Published:Monday | November 12, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Daraine Luton, Senior Staff Reporter

TWO MONTHS after Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller responded to the disparaging comments by Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe against Jamaican men saying they were unfortunate, misguided, and disrespectful, an opposition senator wants the Government to go further with the matter.

Robert Montague said in the Senate on Friday that "if we allow that insult against our manhood as a nation to stand, then we are condemned".

Mugabe, on September 5, said Jamaican men were drunkards who were caught up with smoking marijuana and had therefore deferred leadership to women.

The Zimbabwean president was speaking at the launch of the 2012 Research and Intellectual Institute Expo in Harare.

Simpson Miller responded to the statement saying, "The remarks, regardless of whether they were spoken 'in jest', as was stated in yesterday's edition of the New Zimbabwe Newspaper, were grossly unfortunate, misguided, and untrue."

On Friday, Montague questioned what had become of the Mugabe matter.

Viciously attacked

"What actions will be taken to restore the name, reputation, and pride of Jamaica that was so viciously attacked by one who we honoured?" Montague asked.

As Montague pressed forward his case for further action, government Senator K.D. Knight remarked, "You believe Mugabe remember what he said?"

However, the opposition senator ignored the sotto voce comment.

"The government owes it to us as a nation, to take some kind of action to right this vulgar and unprovoked attack against this proud and blessed nation," Montague said.

"If we allow this to stand, the state of the nation is bad and can only get worse," he added.