The Star (Nairobi)

30 January 2013

Kenya: LSK Lands in Trouble Over New Dress Code

A lawyer has filed a case challenging the new dress code unveiled by the Law Society of Kenya saying it is against the values of an open democratic society.

Andrew Khakula wants the new dress code, which among others bars female lawyers from wearing mini skirts and revealing clothes, quashed.

Khakula says the new dress code was crafted by LSK without putting into consideration the views and opinions of lawyers who are directly affected by it.

"I was not given a chance to make representations or to be heard before the said rules were passed," says Khakula in his suit papers filed yesterday under a certificate of urgency.

He says the new dress requirement violate the rights of both male and female advocates. Khakula faulted the LSK for failing to give its members proper reasons and basis upon which it came up with the new dress code.

The lawyer said he will suffer irreparable damage if the dress code is implemented, as failure to adhere to it may "mean an end to his career" besides being embarrassed in court.

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