News & Up­dates:
July 6, 2021

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

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This came af­ter  Sse­wanyana walked into the Par­lia­ment Cham­bers dressed  in red over­alls. Gov­ern­ment Chief Whip Ruth Nankabirwa im­me­di­ately took to the floor rais­ing a point of Or­der against the MP’s dress code.

 As per the Par­lia­ment Rules of Pro­ce­dure, men are re­quired to dress in suits, pairs of trousers, jack­ets, shirts and ties. kanzus or sa­fari suits,fe­male leg­is­la­tors are sup­posed to wear de­cent blouses, skirts or dresses and jack­ets while Army rep­re­sen­ta­tives are al­lowed to wear their uni­form.

Com­ing to Sse­wanyana’s de­fence, Op­po­si­tion Chief Whip Ibrahim Sse­mu­jju Nganda told Par­lia­ment that Sse­wanyana’s suit was torn dur­ing a scuf­fle on 27th Sep­tem­ber when se­cu­rity per­son­nel, dressed in civil­ian cloth­ing raided par­lia­ment Cham­bers and bru­tally ejected MPs.

How­ever, Speaker Re­becca Kadaga ruled that Sse­wanyana va­cates the Cham­bers say­ing that over­alls are not the of­fi­cial at­tire of the House.

 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 noted that some of the caps are tra­di­tional and should not be ruled out-of-or­der.

Back­ground: 

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.