There was a tense situation in the parliament after a Member of Parliament was kicked out for allegedly dressing like President William Ruto.
National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula on Wednesday, August 9, kicked out Mogotio MP Reuben Kiborek after coming to the day’s session donning a blue Kaunda Suit resembling that of the president.
The Kaunda suit, characterized by its unique design and wide lapels, has gained prominence as President Ruto’s signature look.
Confirming the incident, the legislator said in a video posted on his official social media pages that the speaker acknowledged that he had dressed smart and that it was a presidential look.
“Today, the Speaker raised concerns over my dress code, but he acknowledged that I dress smartly and it was a presidential look. His issue was that the neck was too low than required. I respect his decision,” Kiborek stated.
While respecting the Speakers’ decision, the legislator expressed his frustrations over the compulsory necktie rule saying that it is a British culture.
“However, we have a problem in Africa that we must dress and look like the white man for you to be parliamentary or look like you are properly dressed,
“I am wondering why a necktie should be part and parcel of our dress coat. A necktie is a British attire and it has been pushed down our throats,” he said.
This happened just hours after President William Ruto’s personal tailor Ashok Sunny revealed that the Head of State had taken a preference for Kaunda suits to promote local manufacturing and not pose as a dictator as some have alluded.
“They call it the dictator look because most old dictators used to like Kaunda suits. But that is to show Kenyans can make garments good enough for Kenyan leaders to wear,” he explained.