The Speaker of the National Assembly of Tanzania, Job Ndugai, has banned lawmakers in the country from entering the parliament with fake nails and eye lashes, according to the BBC.
Speaking on the ban, the speaker said: “With the powers vested in me by the Constitution of the United Republic of Tanzania, I now ban all MPs with false eyelashes and false finger nails from stepping into Parliament. The ban would also apply to visitors to parliament.”
The speaker imposed the ban on Monday during a House session in Dodoma, Tanzania. Mr Ndugai announced the ban shortly after the Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile, told the House that women with false eyelashes and false finger nails face several health complications that cost the country dearly. According to the Minister of health, the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) receives at least 700 women with health complications that are directly linked to the use of false eyelashes, false finger nails and skin bleaching. Lawmakers are also prohibited from wearing short dresses and jeans to parliament, Mr Udugai said.
Mr. Udugai also added that he is making consultations with experts before deciding on whether or not to stop MPs who use excessive make-ups from entering the House.
Back in Kenya, female leaders were also embroiled in a similar debate on August 24, although on this occasion, the motion revolved around Muranga’a Women Representative, Sabina Chege’s alleged in appropriate dressing. A section of leaders, including majority leader, Aden Duale, urged the speaker to ban any form of unofficial dressing in parliament for the sake of uniformity.
Culled from the African Exponent