Controversy is now raging in Tanzania where female lawmakers, with artificial nails and false eyelashes, have been banned from the country’s parliament.
Local media in the Central African nation reported on Monday that the Speaker of Parliament, Job Ndugai, who announced the ban, cited likely health issues.
The Speaker said going forward as the House rule, women Parliamentarians, donning artificial lashes and nails, will no longer be permitted to attend plenary session of the legislature.
According to the Citizen Tanzania newspaper, Ndugai explained that the decision was based on emerging concerns that both cosmetic trends could cause health avoidable problems.
Media reports also stated that the trend has been fashionable among the female lawmakers with most of them taking it to what their male counterparts described as ‘ridiculous extent’.
Though women legislators and civil society bodies are yet to officially react to the ban, the Twitter has been abuzz as many reacted with mirth to the reported announcement.
One user tweeted; “U read some stories and you just conclude that Africa is doomed.”
Another user tweeted in response to the story thus; “Because the fake lashes and nails will confuse their male counterparts?”
The prohibition on the fake nails and eyelashes has been trending in the social media along with other decision taken by President Johan Magufuri, especially concerning his stance on the use of contraceptives.
President Magufuli is reported as saying there was no need to use birth control. – (dpa/NAN)