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Tanzanian govt dismisses ‘miniskirt ban’ reports

The government has released a statement in which it calls recent reports as false and ‘reckless’.

Tanzania's newly elected president John Magufuli delivers a speech during the swearing in ceremony in Dar es Salaam in November 2015. Picture: AFP
Tanzania,President John Magufuli
World

JOHANNESBURG - Tanzania’s government has dismissed reports that President John Magafuli has banned miniskirts.

The claim emerged this week in the Kenyan Standard Newspaper, suggesting that the president had attributed an increase in the spread of HIV/Aids to the garment.

The government has released a statement this afternoon saying the report is false, and that while the president is a strong proponent of decent dressing, there is no ban on miniskirts.

In the statement, the government said it deplored the casual manner in which the publication handled what it’s called a “hearsay report”.

It goes on to say the report and attribution of the “imaginary ban” to the Tanzanian statesman was reckless and totally unwarranted.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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