February 5, 2016

Bill to ban mini-skirts in Kilifi in its final stages

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Mombasa, Kenya: The Kilifi County Assembly Legal Affairs Committee is now scrutinising a Bill seeking to ban mini-skirts and sagging trousers before it is debated in the House.

The committee is seeking to ensure the proposed Mini Clothes Bill does not violate any provisions of the Constitution as raised by its opponents before returning it to the Speaker for approval.

And if it passes the legal hurdles, the Speaker will forward it to the House Business Committee to be allocated time for debate early next month according to sources within the assembly.

The Standard has established that the assembly Speaker Jimmy Kahindi forwarded the Bill to the committee last week after receiving it from the mover, Marafa Ward Representative Renson Kambi.

The Bill, which proposes to promote virtue by outlawing so called indecent clothing in Kilifi, has already generated heated debate with critics accusing Mr Kambi and his supporters of targeting women.

However, Kambi has insisted that the proposed law also targets indecently dressed men. Deputy Speaker Teddy Mwambire confirmed that Kambi had presented the proposed Bill to Kahindi for handover to the House Legal committee.

“The proposed Bill on mini skirts and other indecent dressing has been received by the speaker’s office and has been forwarded to the legal officers of the assembly for their legal opinion and direction,” said Mr Mwambire.

The Bill seeks to make it illegal for men and women to wear any clothes that expose the body indecently. They include mini-skirts for women and trousers that expose buttocks for men.

Kambi told The Standard last week that if passed into law, the proposed legislation would reduce cases of indecent dressing especially among women in urban areas within Kilifi County.

He said most urban centres in Kilifi County have been hit by women strippers who undress to entertain guests in clubs for income saying the trend is bad for the up and ccoming generation.

“We need to come up with laws that will control and guide the dressing styles for both men and women to avoid moral decay in our society,” said Kambi.

-The Standard