Zambian Muslim MP ejected from parliament over Islamic robe

2021-12-18 20:44:07
Zambian Muslim MP ejected from parliament over Islamic robe

A Zambian Muslim member parliament was recently ejected from the country’s National Assembly for wearing an Islamic robe considered contrary to parliamentary rules.

According to local media reports, Munir Zulu who represents Lumezi region as an independent was sent away from parliament for wearing an outfit that allegedly breaches parliamentary dress code.

Munir Zulu, who is a Muslim, was wearing an outfit known as the thobe. The thobe or thawb is a long robe worn by Muslim men in many countries around the world.

The top is usually tailored like a shirt, but it is ankle-length and loose. Zulu stated that he has not breached any Parliamentary Dress Code as outlined in Standing Orders 206 where his outfit is listed in the category of African Togas and such outfits are allowed.

However, first deputy Speaker, Hon. Attractor Malungo Chisangano ruled that the garment was inappropriate and therefore ejected the Lumezi lawmaker from Parliament.

A land-locked country in the south of the African continent, Zambia has a population of nearly 18 million. Muslims constitute less than one percent of the population as Christianity is the official religion of the state.

Error! Error occured!