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Kenyan Lawmaker Thrown out of Parliament for Wearing Earrings

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TEHRAN, March 4 (ICANA)-Kenyan lawmaker Gidion 'Sonko' Mbuvi was thrown out of Parliament for bring improperly dressed. He had entered the house in sunglasses and with bling ear studs.
Friday, March 04, 2011 1:02:04 PM
Kenyan Lawmaker Thrown out of Parliament for Wearing Earrings

Sonko was definitely showing a lack of respect for the august body of the legislature. It is bad enough that he is facing a string of law cases for fraud. This added insult to injury, allafrica.com reported.

The Deputy Speaker was right to eject Sonko although he argued, with the support of some MPs, that he was only following popular youth fashion.

But where do you draw the line? Once you allow MPs to wear sunglasses in the House, it will be the thin end of the wedge. Soon they will be wearing hats, shorts, miniskirts, etc. Parliament determines the future of Kenya. It should not look like a nightclub.

However the standing orders do need to be updated. African shirts and kaunda suits are still not allowed. MPs can be smart and respectable while wearing African attire and parliamentary procedure should reflect that.

Similarly, should the Speaker continue to wear a wig, a relic of 18th century England almost as absurd as Sonko's sunglasses? Let's modernise the rules for attire in Parliament while ensuring that decorum still prevails.

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