Deputy Speaker Thomas Tayebwa has announced plans for a high-level meeting with the Speaker to tackle the declining standards of dress among lawmakers.
Tayebwa made this announcement during Thursday’s plenary session, acknowledging concerns raised about the interpretation and enforcement of the parliamentary dress code.
Joseph Gonzaga Ssewungu, a three-term MP, highlighted the issue, emphasizing the importance of upholding procedural rules regarding attire for Members of Parliament.
Ssewungu suggested a review of the dress code rules, expressing worry over the gradual erosion of standards among legislators.
In adherence to Rule 82 (a) of the Rules of Procedure, male MPs are required to wear suits with neckties, safari suits, kanzus with jackets, decent traditional attire, or military attire for members of the Armed Forces. Female MPs are expected to wear dresses, blouses with skirts, decent traditional attire, or military attire for female Armed Forces members.
Additionally, Rule 82(2) specifies that members must wear dignified footwear, although exceptions may be granted with the Speaker’s permission.
Agriculture Minister Frank Tumwebaze, who was dressed in a ‘Madiba shirt’, pledged to address his attire in compliance with the regulations.