THE Patriotic Front (PF) deputy
secretary general Mumbi Phiri says
in Zambia, people are free to wear
anything, adding that if they want
they can even move naked because
the country has no dress code.
Speaking on a Joy FM radio
programme, Mrs. Phiri distanced
her party from the indecent clothes
printed ‘Vote PF’ being worn by
women and girls.
Pictures of young girls and women
indecently dressed in tight body
tops and leggings printed ‘Vote
PF’ have gone viral and this has
agitated members of the public.
But Mrs. Phiri said the PF had not
printed any indecent party regalia
apart from the chitenge, hats, work
suits, overalls and jumpers.
“They have been telling us, some
of these rape cases which are
happening, it’s because of the way
we dress we are enticing men. We
refuse, we say have the freedom to
dress the way we want to dress.
And it’s up to me as a parent to
teach my children in the way they
should grow. If I stand up and I go
and dress my daughter she is
coming from a home, and you
expect Mumbi to correct a wrong,
we can’t,” Mrs. Phiri said.
“You are the same girls who start
complaining. Have you ever seen
me wearing leggings like that? No!
People are free to dress the way
they dress and we can’t cage
them. Even in UPND, I have seen
women wearing red dresses, some
bubus, some bum shorts, you can’t
They buy their own clothes, they
go and print, as PF we can’t stop
them. They are using their own
Mrs. Phiri said it would be wrong
if it was the PF printing regalia in
form of leggings to give children
and women to expose themselves.
She said the regalia that had been
printed by the PF so far was
chitenge, scarves, overall, work
suits, cold season jumpers and
that the party had not printed any
leggings or bum shorts.
Mrs. Phiri said the indecent
clothes that were being worn by
women on the streets printed PF
were being done by individuals.
Asked why the PF had not taken
any legal action concerning the
indecent clothes printed PF that
women were wearing, Mrs. Phiri
said: “The picture which is in
Today’s (yesterday) Post, the faces
are not even seen. The PF party is
the biggest political party in
Zambia. We can’t know if those
pictures were taken in
Sha’ngombo, if they were taken
from Nabwalya Chiwombo, or if
they were taken from Msanzala in
Petauke. It’s difficult. We don’t
know every member by their faces
and as I said, people in Zambia,
we don’t have a dress code. If it
was in Uganda, people could be
told what to wear but we don’t
have a dress code and anybody is
free to even to move naked.”
Mrs.Phiri said people were free to
wear what they were comfortable
with adding that the issue of the
dress code had been a contentious
issue for a long time.