Tanzanian president John Magufuli has reportedly banned miniskirts. Following his sweeping victory last October, Magufuli has become an international hero due to cost-cutting measures that he introduced across the country. Now Kenya’s Standard Media is reporting he’s surprised the public once again, by banning miniskirts across the country saying he believes the garments, along with short dresses, encourage the spread of HIV/Aids
This comes just a few months after the country banned ‘twerking’. The provocative dance was said to have been banned following the announcement by the Cultural Development Director Herman Mansoko who disclosed that twerking threatened original dances and negatively impacted the new generation. The new mini skirts ban seems to also follow in the same vein. Tanzanian women have been given 3 weeks to get rid of all mini skirts and mini dresses or face the wrath of the law.
Magufuli, who goes by the nickname “Bulldozer”, echoes the sentiments of Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, against miniskirts. At the end of last year, Mugabe was reported to have said women are to blame for rape because of the clothes they wear. The 50-year-old married to the controversial 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe, reportedly told the crowd at a rally in Mberengwa, southern Zimbabwe that “if you are raped, it’s your fault.”
She castigated miniskirts saying “If you walk around wearing mini skirts displaying your thighs and inviting men to drool over you, then you want to complain when you have been raped?…That is unfortunate because it will be your fault.” The mother-of-four and and former typist who admits she is as “thick-skinned as a crocodile” made the comments which are in contrast to those of her husband, President Robert Mugabe, who has said that his government was “seriously” considering castrating rapists.