Posted Sept. 18, 2008 – Don’t pack your “freakum” dress if you’re planning a trip to Uganda. One Ugandan official wants miniskirts banned because women wearing them distract drivers, causing traffic accidents.
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In addition, BBC reports, the skirts should be looked at as “indecent,” and those wearing them should be dealt with under the nation’s law, Nsaba Buturo, Uganda’s ethics and integrity minister told reporters.
“What’s wrong with a miniskirt? You can cause an accident because some of our people are weak mentally,” he said.
While many journalists thought Buturo’s statements were quite hilarious, he insisted that walking around in a short skirt was just as bad as walking around naked. “If you find a naked person, you begin to concentrate on the make-up of that person and yet you are driving,” he said. “These days you hardly know who is a mother from a daughter; they are all naked.”
Just like in the United States, where lawmakers in different cities have introduced bans on sagging pants, his plan has received some flack.
“If one wants to wear a miniskirt, it’s OK. If another wants to put on a long skirt, then that’s OK,” one female student at Makerere University told the BBC.
But at least one woman thinks Burturo has a point.
“I think skimpy things are not good. We are keeping the dignity of Africa as ladies, and we have to cover ourselves up,” another woman told the news service.
The university was set to institute a dress code for women this year, but it has yet to be implemented. Burturo stated that along with indecent dressing, “theft and embezzlement of public funds, sub-standard service delivery, greed, infidelity, prostitution, homosexuality and sectarianism,” are also issues in Uganda.
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