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County bans miniskirts and skimpy dresses

Kisii County Government staff will no longer enjoy wearing miniskirts to their respective offices as it has been the case for the last five years.

In a circular issued by the County Secretary Patrick Lumumba and copied to the Human Resource, Protocol, Communication and the Governor’s office, staff can only on Fridays wear branded departmental attires as well as dress down.

In the letter, Mr Lumumba observed that some officers had resorted to report to office while wearing open shoes, skimpy or tight dresses, miniskirts and t-shirts contrary to part V section J (29) 1 and 2 of the Human Resources Policies and Procedures manual for Public Service 2016.

The policy states that; “All public officers are required to be well groomed and decently dressed to maintain an appropriate standard of dress and personal hygiene in public and private.”

The directive came as it emerged that some female county staff particularly those working at the executive were on a dress ‘competition’.

A female staff who spoke to the Standard said that some of the female officers had even been loaned to buy some of the most expensive clothes. “We have a number of single ladies wanting to attract who is who in the county. The directive will force some of us to think about our strategy.”

The officer further noted that it could be hard to enforce the circular owing to the fact that those notorious of wearing skimpy and miniskirts are those described as the untouchables in the County.

Last year West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo had also given a directive that county employees should dress “appropriately”.

Governor Lonyangapuo also instructed male workers to be exclusively wearing suits and ties while on official duty. He had observed that some of the workers have been dressing ‘indecently’ and making it difficult to differentiate genuine one from ghost workers.