Kenya’s parliament has recently implemented a ban on the iconic Kaunda suit, named after the late Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, within its premises.
Speaker of Parliament Moses Wetangula emphasized that both Kaunda suits and traditional African attire were no longer allowed. This decision comes despite the popularity of the Kaunda suit among the political elite, including Kenyan President William Ruto, who frequently wears it during official events.
The Kaunda suit, characterized by a safari jacket and matching trousers, was made famous by the Zambian president himself. Speaker Wetangula justified the ban by citing emerging fashion trends that posed a challenge to the established parliamentary dress code.
The prescribed dress code for men includes a coat, collar, tie, long-sleeved shirt, long trousers, socks, shoes, or service uniform. For women, the guidelines specify business, formal, or smart casual wear, with skirts and dresses below knee-length and sleeveless blouses prohibited.
While the Kaunda suit had been tolerated in parliament in the past, Wetangula highlighted the need to preserve the parliamentary dress code by putting an end to this practice. The ban has sparked mixed reactions on social media, with some questioning the prohibition of African attire in an African parliament, while others show their support.
Kenya’s parliament has instituted a ban on the iconic Kaunda suit, named after the late Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda, within its premises.