An official campaign is being mounted in Tanzania against "indecent dress". on Friday (7th September)?
An official campaign is being mounted in Tanzania against "indecent dress". on Friday (7th September) demonstrators took to the streets of the capital, Dar Es Salaam to lend their support to the campaign.
The Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) - Tanzania's official party - is behind the drive. The Prime Minister Mr Rashidid Kawawa and other Government officials attended the demonstration, along with the TANU Youth League and several other organisations.
October the first has been set as the deadline for the crack-down on "indecent dress", but the people of the Mwanza Region are already being urged to abandon their "offensive" dress habits.
At a mass rally in Mwanza tow, the Regional Commissioner, R. Lawi Sijaona directed the TANU Youth League and members of the People's Militia to take urgent action to ensure that what he called the "cancer" of "indecent dress" is wiped out in the region forthwith. But Mr. Sijaona warned the young enthusiasts not to harass women alone. Men, he said, also wore several types of dress which were not acceptable. Unnecessarily long nails and dirty beards were also prohibited. And traders who stocked skin-bleaching agents were warned that their trade licences would be revoked.
Imoha wa Wanawale wa Tangayika - UWT - the official women's organisation, is backing the campaign. UWT leaders are to visit schools and give lectures on proper dress.
The definition of indecent dress still has to be clearly defined. A meeting of TANU and some officials has been called for September 11th to lay down guidelines on what kind of dress will be considered indecent after October 1st, and how the operation against them is to be implemented.