Zambian government denies reports of planning to introduce national dress code

Zambian President Edgar Lungu delivers a speech at the launch of blueberry export to China in Chongwe, Zambia, on Nov. 13, 2020. Zambia on Friday flagged off its inaugural export of fresh blueberries to China, becoming the first country in southern Africa to enter the huge Chinese market. (Photo by Martin Mbangweta/Xinhua)

The Zambian government on Thursday refuted reports that it plans to introduce a national dress code.

Ministry of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Public Relations Officer Chibesa Musukwa said the ministry was currently not considering introducing a national dress code as it was aware of the diverse culture the country was endowed with and the civil and human rights people enjoy.

She said in a release that the minister’s remarks were misquoted by a local daily newspaper as the comment was on the national dress and not the dress code.

“Further, even as the honorable minister spoke about the national dress, she was categorical and indicated that should there be need for one, the matter would require extensive consultations with various stakeholders,” she said.

She added that the introduction of a national dress code could only be made after wide consultation and that the ministry has no powers to impose it on the people. Enditem

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