A female Member of Parliament (MP) in Tanzania was ejected from Parliament for wearing trousers and other female MPs are now demanding an apology to the MP.
The MP was ejected after Hussein Amar, a male MP, said the way some women dressed invited ridicule to parliament. Said Hussein Amar on Tuesday:
_Mr Speaker, an example there is my sister seated on my right with a yellow shirt. Look at the trousers she has worn, Mr Speaker!
The Speaker then ordered the MP, Condester Sichwale, to leave. Said the Speaker Job Ndugai:
_Go dress up well, and then join us back later._
He added that this was not the first complaint he had received about female Member of Parliaments’ attire, and told chamber orderlies to deny entry to anyone who was inappropriately dressed.
While Amar did not elaborate on what he found wrong with Sichwale’s outfit, he quoted the parliamentary rules which allow women to wear trousers but stipulate that clothes should not be tight-fitting.
A group led by MPs Jacqueline Ngonyani and Stella Manyanya insist that the move was unfair and that there was nothing wrong with Sichwale’s clothes.
The incident has also attracted comments on social media from around the world, with some saying it was another example of men policing how women dress.