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Uganda workers union blasts govt over dress code

FILE PHOTO: KCCA ED Jennifer Musisi shows off a dress code at a recent KCCA function. Ministry of Public Service wants a similar standard for the entire country. PHOTO KCCA MEDIA

Ugandan workers body blasts government over strict dress code rules

Kampala, Uganda| Godfrey Ssali |  The National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) has criticized the move by the Ministry of Public Service to issue a strict dress code for non-uniformed officers in the Public Service.

According to the Chairman General of NOTU Usher Wilson Owere, the decision was rushed. “There is what we call a negotiation machinery in public service. Whatever rules or regulations they pick, they should have first consulted us as workers,” said Owere.

A statement issued by the Permanent Secretary  Ministry of Public Service Catherine Bitarakwate on Monday noted that public officers have been dressing indecently.

The guidelines provide that all female officers must not put on clothes that are “tight,” and “not above the knees.”  The guidelines say public officers “must use long sleeved blouses which are not transparent or revealing parts of the body especially the back and cleavage.”

Civil Servants, according to the new rules, “are also required to keep their hair neat without color, on top of maintaining polished short nails not more than 3 centimeters.”

The guidelines also restrict them from what is termed as “exaggerated make up.”

All male public officers are “required to put on trousers, jackets and a necktie and will not be allowed to use open shoes during working hours except for medical conditions as recommended by a doctor.”


The guidelines go on to state that “only black and brown shoes will be allowed and that men should keep their hair short and avoid tight trousers.”

The statement reiterated that the new guidelines are in line with the Uganda Public Service Standing Orders 2010.

Staff who fail to comply with the new enforcements, according to the statement,  would be cautioned at first, and repeat offenders would face disciplinary action.





  1. The truth is, some public servants do put on indecently..
    Personally, was disappointed to enter one of the public body and ladies were dressed very informally in very short skirts, 6 inch heel shoes and exaggerated makeup.

    I think they actually spend more time on makeup than the day’s activities.

  2. I sometimes wonder what went wrong with our society, someone comes up with a dress code and people are up in arms against it, the other day a final year education student of Makerere University went for a dinner in a hotel naked and she got support from some activists,then why do we refer to people like the Karimojong who go about naked as backward? Thumbs up for MoPS.

    • Problem isn’t about dress code ,this is what men want. As always blame on a dress. Tell Ugandans to work in whatever dress, and we shall not care. Raping of women isn’t about a dress above the knee, it’s about power and mental health. So, give me a break!!!

  3. Benjamin Bbaale

    God gave us only ten commandments, but humanity have brocken them. Now that we see the government giving us many, we shall see!

  4. The PS is spot on. Those crying are culprits. Dress to portray the image of your profession. What a teacher in a mini skirt shifting learners attention to her make-up, the nails and the tight dresses or a male teacher in dreadlocks. We must dress decently. A smart doctor gives you assurance and this is when healing starts. How do you explain why Bobi Wine shaved off his dreads? The meaning of “Honorable”. I feel professions have different dressing codes. Engineers dealing with grease and heavy machinery could be given liberty to be in jeans. When our children copy the wrong dressing from their teachers, musicians and others, we complain that children of today are unruly, indisciplined. No. They see it from us.
    Dress to inspire the young towards decency

    • Uganda is a Christian God fearing country.. as Christians we must fear God and be good examples​ to others including our children…
      Modest and decency is God’s will..
      1Timoth 2:9-10, 1timothy 4:12
      I think this is revival and we should embrace it..
      Our country has been polluted

  5. This is an easy one. A dress code is a set of rules governing a certain combination of clothing; some examples are black tie and morning dress. Formal dress is the grouping of all the dress codes which govern clothes worn to formal events. The traditional rules that govern men’s formal dress are strictly observed; from these derive the evening dress variants worn on many occasions, such as high school prom dances, formal dances, and entertainment industry award programs.Those who do not agree should simply resign from their work! The boss is usually right. I am sure there are millions of jobless Ugandans out there who will adhere to the dress code to get those jobs. Imagine for once if all sections of society decided to ignore the dress code – Policemen, army, Industrial workers, BOda Bodas, Doctors andn urses etc etc.

  6. where did those women damp what used to be called halfpetty? coz somehow it would hide some stuff than total nudity we see these days.

    Fassion designers made also matters worse.How?
    They picked material for half petty and made trausers called them muscle tight and these women go on wearing it single handedly as a trauser expossing total nudeness.

    Why cant this stop too.

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