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MP Ssewanyana Kicked Out Over Dress Code

Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga this afternoon kicked out the Makindye West Member of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana from the Chambers over inappropriate dressing. This was after Ssewanyana walked into the Chambers clad in red overall. Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa immediately took to the floor raising a point of Order against the MPs dress code.
Makindye West Member of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana bowing in respect of Speaker Kadaga's ruling befor moving out of the Chambers.

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Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga this afternoon kicked out the Makindye West Member of Parliament Allan Ssewanyana from the Chambers over inappropriate dressing.

This was after Ssewanyana walked into the Chambers clad in red overall. Government Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa immediately took to the floor raising a point of Order against the MP's dress code.

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In his defence, Opposition Chief Whip Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda told Parliament that Ssewanyana's suit was torn during the September 27th scuffle when plain-clothed security personnel raided parliament Chambers and forcefully ejected MPs.

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However, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga ruled that Ssewanyana vacates the Chambers saying that overalls are not the official attire of the House. She added that the Parliamentary Commission pays Ssewanyana sufficiently to buy suits.

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In the same sitting, Kadaga directed all male MPs on the Opposition side to remove their red caps saying that these were also not provided for under the Rules of Procedure. However, Leader of Opposition Winnie Kiiza noted that some of the caps are traditional and should not be ruled out of order.

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Red caps, ribbons and attires were chosen as a symbol of protest by MPs who are against the proposed amendment of Article 102(b) of the Constitution that caps the presidential age limits between 35 and 75 years.

According to the Parliament Rules of Procedure, MPs are supposed to dress in a dignified manner with men required to dress in suits, pairs of trousers, jackets, shirts and ties. Kanzus or safari suits are also allowed for men.

Female legislators are supposed to wear decent blouses, skirts or dresses and jackets while Army representatives are allowed to wear their uniform.