In Summary

  • But then, it was as if Uganda watched what Tanzania was doing, and the subsequent uproar, and decided that it could top that.
  • There is only so much you can do once you are past a D Cup. Do they expect women to walk around with no support whatsoever?
  • I wonder what else they’re deciding for people, since apparently Ugandans cannot control themselves.

 I hope to God that this idiocy of authoritarianism spreading across East Africa in a worrying wave is not contagious.

First it was Tanzania’s Magufuli with his nonsense law on schoolgirls who get pregnant – a ridiculous decree stating that girls who get pregnant should be kicked out of school and join the work force, basically taking us back to The Dark Ages and supporting child labour.

According to his decree, men are to serve 30 years in prison for impregnating high school girls.

Ridiculous, right?

But then, it was as if Uganda watched what Tanzania was doing, and the subsequent uproar, and decided that it could top that. The Ministry of Public Service decided that the dress code for women and men in the Ugandan public service needed to be amended.

I don’t know if I should be grateful that it is at least egalitarian in its egregiousness, or intensely annoyed that it is a woman defending this, with a side of internalised misogyny, just to keep things exciting.

"Ms Adah Muwanga, the ministry’s director for human resource, said the policy is a response to public outcry over indecent dressing among government workers."

There’s public outcry over a lot of things. Is this pressing issue what they chose to address first?

Per the Daily Nation, '"We got complaints that some public officers are indecent. Some female officers are pumping up their breasts, wearing mini-skirts… You are sexually harassing the male counterparts and in Uganda this is not acceptable,” Ms Muwanga said on Wednesday.’

Pumping up their breasts. There is only so much you can do once you are past a D Cup. Do they expect women to walk around with no support whatsoever?

'"We are mindful of the perception of the public towards our officers. Do you feel okay when you have nails several metres long? It is not neat and healthy and we have to care about the health of public officers,” she added.’

That’s ridiculous. Several metres? Also, why is this hygiene thing a problem or excuse for people to constantly pick on women? Was there a sudden outbreak? Were the metre-long nails an impediment to the job? And for God’s sake how come no one ever asks men about their pinkie fingers??

SENSIBILITIES OF UGANDANS

Female workers, according to the circular, “should avoid wearing sleeveless, transparent blouses and dresses and ensure that the clothing covers the cleavage, navels, knees and back.”

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