A male journalist from Channel 10 of Israel on Thursday put the House in an uproar over his dress code.
Member of Parliament (MP) for Mzimba Hora, Rev Christopher Mzomera Ngwira rising on a point of order , questioned the dressing of the international journalist who was busy filming in the chamber.
“Mr speaker sir, I’m aware that a notice was given to the house on a visiting video crew that will shoot a documentary in the house, but is it in order for the cameraman to do his job in the house without putting on a jacket as per our standing orders?” asked Ngwira.
The Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya said the issue was minor and pleaded with the MP’s to continue with the questions and answers.
He said Standing Order number 205 (1) of Parliament only talks about Members of Parliament.
“The official dress for male members of the National Assembly shall be a lounge suite, a pair of long trousers, a tie and jacket. (2) the official dress for female members of the National Assembly shall be a formal dress, dress suit or skirt suit, traditional dress suit, short or long sleeved or formal executive trouser suit,” states Standing Order 205.
The Israel journalist, who was in company of another female journalist, came to cover Parliament on Thursday during questions and answers time while he was wearing a shirt and a Tie but without a jacket.
“Honourable Members this is a small issue, after all, the House may be using archaic orders but if you really want me to get him out I can do that,” Msowoya said.
The journalist was later bailed out after almost 5 minutes of outcry by many members of the House when Balaka Central East Legislator, Yaumi Aufi Mpaweni temporarily offered him his jacket.
He wore it right there and continued with his duties.
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