Tanzanian President bans miniskirts in bid to curb spread of HIV/Aids

John Magufuli echoes the sentiments of Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe against miniskirts.

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

JOHANNESBURG - In yet another surprising move, Tanzanian president John Magufuli has reportedly banned miniskirts.

Following his sweeping victory last October, Magufuli has become an international hero due to cost-cutting measures that he introduced across the country.

Now Kenya's Standard Media is reporting he's surprised the public once again, by banning miniskirts across the country saying he believes the garments, along with short dresses, encourage the spread of HIV/Aids.

Earlier this month, Magufuli is said to have ordered that all foreigners, including Kenyans with or without work permits, to relinquish their jobs to the Tanzanians.

Some have lauded him for his work.

Magufuli, who goes by the nickname "Bulldozer", echoes the sentiments of Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, against miniskirts.

At the end of last year, Mugabe was reported to have said women are to blame for rape because of the clothes they wear.