Lawmakers in Tanzania have been banned by Speaker Job Ndugai from entering parliament with fake nails and eye lashes, short dresses and jeans.
Ndugai told me he had imposed the ban after Deputy Health Minister Faustine Ndugulile had raised concerns about the health risks posed by fake nails and eye lashes.
The ban would also apply to visitors to parliament, he said. Lawmakers are also prohibited from wearing short dresses and jeans to parliament, Ndugai said.
The Speaker added that he is making consultations with experts before deciding on whether or not to stop MPs who use excessive make-ups from entering the House.
The announcement came shortly after Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile told the House that women with false eyelashes and false finger nails face serious health risks that are costly to the country.
According to confirmed reports, at least 700 women are admitted to hospitals in Tanzania with complications as a result of using false eyelashes, false finger nails and skin bleaching.