June 03, 2021

Tanzanian MP’s Clothing Gets Her Thrown Out of Parliament

Social media users around the world are not impressed with Tanzania’s parliament after a female MP was thrown out over her supposed figure-hugging attire.

On Tuesday, 1 June, Hussein Amar – a male member of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) political party – made criticisms about Condester Sichwale’s clothing during a parliamentary session.

In a video clip from the session, Amar is heard saying: “Parliament is a mirror of society and Tanzania, and some of our sisters are wearing strange clothes and are legislators … An example there is my sister [Sichwale] seated on my right with a yellow shirt. Look at the trousers she has worn, Mr Speaker!”

Sichwale – who is also a CCM member – was then ordered by Speaker Job Ndugai to leave parliament, “go dress up well, and then join us back later.”

Tanzania’s parliament stipulates that female MPs may wear trousers, but are not allowed to wear tight-fitting clothing. However, many of the female MPs insist that there was nothing inappropriate about Sichwale’s attire.

Online users were also livid about her dismissal. One tweep wrote: “I hate it when women’s clothes, bodies and decisions are policed by men. And those pants ain’t tight!! [sic]”

Another criticised the parliament directly: “Hypocrites, focus on the important things like governance.”

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