Dress code for Nyeri County Assembly after ‘miniskirts heat’


Nyeri County Assembly Speaker has issued a guideline on the proper House dress code after an MCA on Monday complained that he could hardly concentrate on the proceedings due to “provocative” dressing by some female colleagues.

In a notice issued on Thursday, Speaker John Kaguchia referred all members to the County Assembly of Nyeri Speaker’s rules on dressing.

The code stipulates that all members should, “in the opinion of the sergeant-at-arms” be properly dressed.

“Properly dressed”, according to the Assembly means: “coats, collar, tie, long trouser, socks and shoes, or service uniform, or decent national dress for men and an equivalent standard for women with hats optional.

“In the lounge and or the common room, members or visitors may wear long trousers, clean shirts, socks, shoes, or service uniform,” the code continues.

On Wednesday, while the Assembly was debating Governor Wahome Gakuru’s speech, Karatina Ward MCA Watson Mburungo digressed to address the mode of dressing the female MCAs should adhere to.

He told the Speaker: “Some of us cannot concentrate as we sit across our female MCAs. Kindly, advise us on the mode of dressing.”

“It is difficult for some of us to concentrate when our counterparts are in miniskirts,” Mr Mburungo went on as his colleagues burst into laughter.

The Speaker, however, declined to give directions on the dress code since the House was addressing a different matter.

“We are debating on the governor’s speech to the assembly, you cannot introduce something different,” he said.

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