Government Bans Indecent Dressing Among Civil Servants

The Ministry of Public Service has issued a notice warning public officers over dressing in a manner that does not portray good work etiquette.

“It have been observed that public officers have continued to dress in a manner that does not portray the good image of the service and does not fall within the generally acceptable standards of the community,” reads part of a communiqué by  Permanent Secretary, Mrs Catherine Bitarakwate Musingwire.

The permanent secretary notes that section F-J of the Public Service Standing Orders, 2010 provides for the dress code in the public service.

Paragraph 5, the communiqué shows, asks a public officer to dress decently and in generally acceptable standards in the Ugandan community.

The order defines decent dressing as “dressing in a manner that is socially acceptable and generally considered to be smart, reasonable and portrays the good image of the Public Service.”

Women, the law suggests, should dress in skirts that “are not above the knees”, wear “smart” blouses that are short or long sleeved, but not transparent.

Clothing should cover knees, navel, cleavage and back.

Hair should be kept neat and presentable; bright coloured braids and extensions are not allowed.


Trousers can be worn by ladies during office time if they are smart and worn with jackets that cover the boson.

Accessories worn should be modest, and tight, fighting dresses and skirts are discouraged.

For men, open shoes reflect indecency as well tight fighting trousers. Only dark and brown shoes are acceptable for office hours.

Men are required to put on trousers, long sleeved shirts, jackets and a tie. Only dark colours like dark green, navy blue, grey, brown or black are acceptable.



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