A member of the Nyeri County Assembly has pleaded with his female colleagues to stop wearing miniskirts, which he claims distract him during House sittings.
Karatina Ward MCA Watson Mburungo on Wednesday told Speaker John Kaguchia that he and his male colleagues could hardly concentrate on House business because of the skimpy dressing.
“Some of us cannot concentrate as we sit across our female MCAs. Kindly, advise us on the mode of dressing,” he said.
The MCAs were contributing to a debate on Governor Wahome Gakuru’s speech when Mr Mburungo digressed to address the mode of dressing that female MCAs should adhere to.
The MCAs burst into laughter as their colleague attacked a female ward rep, whom he felt had dressed skimpily.
“It is difficult for some of us to concentrate when our counterparts are in miniskirts,” said the outspoken MCA.
The Speaker, however, declined to give directions noting that the MCA was out of order and the matter could not be addressed.
“We are debating on the governor’s speech to the assembly, you cannot introduce something different,” he said.
Kenya does not have a dress code for public servants and women are free to wear what they please.
Incidents of men stripping skimpily dressed women a few years ago saw the launch of "my dress, my choice" campaign that affirmed freedom of women's dressing.
Recent happenings in Uganda, where women have been banned from exposing too much skin in offices, has been condemned by Kenyan women and rights defenders.