Saturday, 23 September 2017

Judicial Officer Suspended for Wearing Short Gown to Work

 A judicial officer in Uganda, Rosemary Namuwanga, was suspended for wearing a short dress to work last thursday.

According to Ugandanmonitor a letter dated September 21, 2017, was handed to the judicial officer.
It stated that she was dressed in a very short and tight dress which by description did not fall within the accepted standards of the established Notice No.1 of 2017.

“In accordance with the established notice NO.1 of 2017, this is to suspend you from duty for a period of two weeks with effect from September 21 to October 4, 2017.”
Ms Namuwanga becomes the seventh civil servant to be affected by the Ministry of Public Service guidelines that were issued early this year banning sleeveless, transparent and tight clothing for non-uniformed officers in Public Service.

The Uganda Public Service Standing Orders, 2010, stipulates that officers shall be required to dress decently and in the generally acceptable standards in the Uganda Community.
The orders, however, do not highlight what would constitute decent, smart and reasonable dressing.

In line with the guidelines, all female members of the public service are required to dress in a skirt or dress that is not above the knees, with a smart, long or short sleeved blouse.
All clothing is expected to cover the cleavage, navel and the back while sleeveless and transparent blouses and dresses were banned.
Also banned are tight fitting dresses and skirts, flat shoes and coloured hair presented in form of natural, braids and hair extensions.

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