Zimbabwean lawmaker refused entry into Parliament over colourful suit (photos)
Zimbabwean member of parliament, Trevor JI Saruwaka was denied entry into his work place because his outfit supposedly flouted house rules. The lawmaker turned up to work dressed in a multicolour suit after the colours of the national flag.
There’s more to the story however. In recent times, anti-government members in politics, media and the mass populace have adopted the #ThisFlag campaign as a form of protest against president Mugabe’s party, Zanu-PF which has ruled the country for decades.
The government hit back by reviving legislation that makes it a crime to “abuse” the national flag.
As lawyers have pointed out, it’s been left up to the government to define what constitutes abuse. Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo said in a tweet that Saruwaka being denied entry “was for being inappropriately dressed. Even bush lawyers & fools know that Parliament has a dress code. It’s in the standing orders!”