Why dresscode in parliament is under fresh review awaiting ruling

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Parliament was treated to a rare show on Wednesday after Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo was put to task on his dress code.

Suba South MP John Mbadi asserted that the MP be ruled out of order.”Being smart does not mean properly dressed,” he said.

The issue of religious attire also arose.

“If we are coming here as honourable members, let us do so,” Mbadi said.

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Ainabkoi MP Samuel Chepkonga said it was regrettable that members have defied the rules in their contempt for the House.

“When a member is sent out of the house for improper dressing, he should lose all the privileges,” Chepkonga said, calling for seriousness in observing the dress code.

For his part, Leader of Majority Aden Duale argued that MPs must protect the integrity of the house.

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“We borrow from the House of Commons. We must observe the rule.”
He joked that nominated MP Sankok drops his ‘green dress’ outside the House.

Makali Mulu sought for relief so that the house departs from the traditional dress code.

Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir asked the speaker to give direction to avert a situation where there is a clash of dress codes.

Speaker Justin Muturi said he’d deliver a ruling after a study of the Hansard to determine what had been decided before.

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