National Assembly Speaker Wetangula bans Kaunda suits in parliament.
National Assembly Speaker Wetangula bans Kaunda suits in parliament citing that the decision was based on the emerging fashion trends that threaten the established parliamentary dress code.
He stated,”Going forward, therefore, any attire outside of what is prescribed in Rule 9 of the Speaker’s Rules is prohibited. This includes Kaunda suits, whether long or short-sleeved,”
“I do this to guard against negating the set standards, especially given the current preference by some Members to dress easily while attending parliamentary business in plenary and Committees,” he added.
Wetangula continued to explain that the dressing does not go in hand with the seriousness of the proceedings of the House and its Committees.
He singled out members of parliament such as Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo and former Kisumu Town West MP Olago Aluoch, saying they are notorious in wearing the Kaunda suits.
Wetangula stated,”With respect to our gracious Honourable lady Members, I have been petitioned regarding appropriate attire for the distinguished Honourable Members. These concerns have largely been raised by fellow gracious Honourable Lady Members, who have asked me to protect the dignity of the House and its committees.”
Notably, he outlined that hats, caps and traditional attire are banned as a way of protecting and upholding the dignity of the Assembly.
His policy comes up after the former Speaker Justin ruled that Kaunda suits worn without a tie are part of proper dressing in the House.