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Two Nairobi MCAs kicked out for inappropriate dress code

 Sarangombe MCA Lawrence Otieno and Jeckonia Onyango. [Samson Wire, Standard]

Sarangombe MCA Lawrence Otieno and his nominated counterpart Jeckonia Onyango were on Thursday ordered to leave the Nairobi County Assembly precincts over inappropriate dressing.

Speaker Ken Okeyo Ng'ondi asked the two to leave the premise for not adhering to the recommended attire which is formal suits for men.

 Sarangombe MCA Lawrence Otieno. [Samson Wire, Standard]
 Nominated MCA Jeckonia Onyango walks out of the County Assembly. [Samson Wire, Standard]

In late 2019, Nakuru Assembly made history by becoming the first legislative body to implement a government circular which instructed public servants to dress in Made in Kenya attire once a week.

This was in support of Uhuru Kenyatta's Big Four Agenda and his call to generate employment.

In the past, dress code has been a thorny issue even in the National Assembly where several legislators have been asked to leave over their dressing.

In 2019, former Kisumu West MP Olago Aluoch, rising on a point of order, drew the attention of Speaker Justin Muturi to the dress code of Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo, who donned a collarless shirt and matching jacket.

 Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo [Elvis Ogina, Standard]

In 2013, Speaker Francis Ole Kaparo was also faced with a similar situation where the then MP for Gatundu North, Patrick Muiruri said Hon Gor Sungu was not properly dressed.

The legislator was then asked to rise and Hansard records show that the House chanted 'shame, shame', indicating that they unanimously agreed that Sungu was improperly dressed.

He was then asked to leave the House.

'African' attire has also been a bone of contention in Parliament and on July 10, 2003, Koigi Wamwere was told he was not properly dressed, as decent as he may have been.

The House then agreed that members would not enter the Chamber, lounges, committee rooms and the dining area without proper dressing.

Proper dressing was described as a coat, collar, tie, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers, socks and shoes or service uniform for men.

Women were advised to put on decent business wear.

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