Nominated Senator Karen Nyamu was on Tuesday afternoon forced to leave the Senate chambers due to inappropriate dressing.
Senator Nyamu was dressed in a kitenge skirt and a black sleeveless blouse that left her arms exposed which, according to the House rules, is deemed as inappropriate dressing.
Before asking Nyamu to leave the chambers, Senate Speaker Amason Kingi read out the Speaker’s Rule number 5 which states: “Senators are required not to enter the chamber, lounge or dining room without being properly dressed.”
“This means a male Senator will be dressed in a coat, collar, tie, long trousers, socks and shoes or service uniform, religious attire or such other decent dressing as may be approved by the speaker from time to time… An equivalent standard shall apply in respect of women senators who may also wear kitenges or such other African attire,” said Speaker Kingi.
After reading out the House rule on dressing, the Speaker ordered that Nyamu leaves the House and only return while appropriately dressed.
“Senator Nyamu I’m afraid you don’t fit the bill and I’m going to ask you to leave the chambers, go get properly dressed and come back to the chambers,” said the Speaker.
The Senate resumed its Second Session of 4th Senate on Tuesday, February 14 after the long recess.