Mara — A PROMINENT CCM councillor has called for a ban to be imposed on the wearing of miniskirts in Tarime district, Mara Region.
Mr Anthony Manga, the councillor for Nyamaraga ward, said dressing in miniskirts contributed to the spread of HIV/AIDS in the district and the Lake Zone at large.
"It is time now we placed billboards along Mara region's entry points bearing messages prohibiting the wearing of miniskirts," Mr Manga said when speaking at a council meeting discussing latest HIV/AIDS reports.
The proposal was supported by a number of councillors. However, a senior government official said it would be impossible to issue the ban at this juncture when the world had become a village, citing globalisation and fast growing technology.
"It is true that the wearing of miniskirts and the 'Kata K' style for young men trigger sexual arousal, but it is impossible to ban them because the world is changing very fast.
It needs a national debate," the official said. The official said that observation of good moral behaviour started at the family level and urged civic leaders to educate children on what is right and wrong.
Tarime is one of the districts in Mara region with some spots reportedly having high rates of HIV transmission, including the Sirari border post.
Some councillors called for widespread anti-HIV/ AIDS education in the district, with focus on rural areas. "Almost every family has now been affected in one way or another by this disease.
Let us use even video shows to enhance public education against the pandemic. This can be done at health centres and dispensaries," one of the councillors proposed.