Anger as female MP is ordered to leave Tanzanian parliament because her pants are ‘too tight’
- Condester Sichwale, MP from Tanzania’s ruling CCM party, told to leave parliament
- Eviction came after male colleague complained that her pants were too tight
- Speaker told Sichwale to ‘dress well and then be back with us later’
- Relocation sparked outrage online amid requests for apologies to Ms Sichwale
A female MP in Tanzania has been expelled from the country’s parliament for wearing trousers deemed ‘too tight’.
Condester Sichwale, a minister of the ruling CCM party, was expelled from the country on Tuesday after male colleague Hussein Amar – a member of the same party – complained.
Mrs. Sichwale was told by the Speaker to ‘dress up properly and join us later’ before walking out. It is unclear if she returned to the room that day.
The reprimand has sparked a furious response from a group of female MPs who labeled it “unfair” and demanded apologies.
Condester Sichwale, a female MP from Tanzania’s ruling CCM party, was expelled from parliament on Tuesday after a male colleague complained that her pants were ‘too tight’.
The incident took place after a debate at Parliament House in Tanzania’s capital Dodoma, in which Sichwale and Amar took part.
Immediately after the session ended, Amar got up to ask Speaker Job Ndugai for advice on “modest” clothing.
“The code is clear on the dress and for the sisters, but here there are MPs who wear clothes that are not modest,” he said, according to the local site. Mwananchi.
When asked who he was referring to, Amar pointed to Sichwale and said, ‘The MP sits there on my right.
“She’s wearing a t-shirt, but please call her ahead of time to see what pants she’s wearing.”
He added: ‘The parliament is a mirror of society and Tanzania, and some of our sisters wear strange clothes and are legislators. What do they show society?’
Ms Sichwale was told by the speaker to ‘dress well and then come back later’ – but his comment sparked an angry response from other female MPs who said it was ‘unfair’
Amar also accused Sichwale of wearing “sunglasses,” although photos show she was wearing transitional lenses that change depending on lighting conditions.
After seeing Sichwale’s outfit, Ndugai said to her, “Get dressed and come back later.”
He added that it is not the first complaint he has received about the dress of female MPs, and then told parliamentary security to carry out additional dress checks.
A group of MPs led by Jacqueline Ngonyani and Stella Manyanya has labeled the move “unfair”. BBC reports, adding that there was nothing wrong with the outfit.
The move has also received criticism online, with users accusing Amar and Ndugai of “checking for women’s bodies.”
“Hypocrites, focus on the important things like governance,” one of them said.