The Community Liason officer for Aswa region on Wednesday announced that the police working together with cultural leaders would soon crack down on indecent dressing in Gulu town.
Superintendent of Police, Hudson Ocen, said dressing code has become appalling with many people, especially ladies walking along the streets half naked. His comments follow concerns raised by the Clan chief of Pageya, Yusuf Adek who castigated ladies who walk half naked in town, adding that such dressing is against both cultural norms and the Bible principles.
April last year, government announced what was described as a strict dress code for Public servants – the details were issued a circular warning them to “dress decently”.
Female staff were told not to show any cleavage, wear brightly coloured nails, braids or hair extensions, sleeveless or transparent blouses.
Men must wear long-sleeved shirts, jackets and ties, while trousers should not be tight-fitting.
Staff failing to comply would be disciplined.
The guidelines, issued by the Ministry of Public Service apply to all non-uniformed civil servants. But there is a feeling that female staff are the main focus on the new rules.
While women were allowed to wear pant-suits, they were warned not to wear any tight-fitting clothing. Dresses and skirts must at least be knee-length.
The Ministry of Public Service’s director of Human Resources, Adah Muwanga, said they had to act after receiving complaints: Mrs Muwanga said that staff who failed to comply with the new enforcements would be cautioned at first, and repeat offenders would face disciplinary action.
She said the ministry has overall responsibility to guide on the administration and management of the public service and “this is how we want the public to view us”.
The circular further states that accessories should be modest, while long fingernails of more than 3cms (1.5in) with bright or multi-coloured nail polish are also not permitted.
Flat, open shoes are ruled out, except in cases where one can prove that it is for medical reasons.
Men have been told they should keep their hair short and neat, and not wear brightly coloured clothes.
The circular is derived from Public Service Standing Orders on dress code, put in place in 2010.
However, the dress code does not seem to have been paid much attention a year later.