Senators may don traditional attire to chambers, House Speaker rules

Narok Senator Ledama ole Kina in traditional Maasai attire./COURTESY

Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has made a ruling allowing Senators to wear traditional attires to the chambers.

His ruling came after Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina on Tuesday attended a plenary sitting donned in Maasai regalia.

Fellow senators had to seek the speaker’s direction on whether the lawmaker was properly dressed.

“Mr. Speaker, Senator Ledama is wearing what looks like Maasai regalia. Is he in order because we can also come with all kinds of attire?” Wajir Senator Abdullahi Ibrahim asked.

Lusaka cited the speaker’s rules and the Constitution that recognizes culture.

“We all know that we represent our counties and every county has its own cultural dressing. Narok and Kajiado have their cultural dressing which is recognized world over. So, it will be unfortunate for me to order him out of the house,” he said.

Standing orders recognize a suit and tie as an official dress for male members.