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  • Mungatana

    “I was misquoted”. We expected that anyway……

  • Whats the difference and purpose of short and mini? No wonder this guy ran riot when ICC indictments were announced! But at that time, he “refused” to say that he was “misquoted.” However, his friend’s house is hugely in flames. And those fake reform credentials uprooted, if not awfully trashed. So the good lawyer should be careful for shortage of parties is definitely in the offing!

    • Kwabubi

      Obviously this is not about our daughters’ skirts! There must be exceedingly much noise in your head!

  • Francis

    Mutula, there are so many pressing policy issues (funding, quality, accessibility , curriculum and all) that would be worth your time than seeking cheap applause from innocent girls commenting on their knees. How do the headteachers determine what is “short-below the knees”.LEAVE THE GIRLS’ DRESSING TO THEIR PARENTS AND SCHOOL BOARDS! Akorino girls do not need your advise.Muslim girls do not need your BS.I know since you left justice ministry where you excelled in doing nothing but condemn the O’4 you feel “neglected”.I could not believe my ears/eyes seeing you on TV asking girls to clap for you because you side with them against the hard working head mistress and her deputy who are trying so hard to guide the girls.You are a disgrace to education.To say that any school where there is a dispute about uniform-the girls should call you? How about those who cannot pay their school fees? i would think those are the ones you want to talk to.

    • Macalloh

      Frank! ladies normally suffer culture shock when they get to the varsity, some are even consumed in the cultural shift , i don’t have a problem teaching a young dog new tricks of tomorrow. Don’t live in denial the short skirts will be there today and tomorrow despite the hew and cry of yesterday and today .Counsel, i know your credentials and i agree with you fully we are not leaving in the stoneage let girls wear fashionable uniform skirts, Students normally sneak civilian clothes to school because they feel their uniforms are not attractive before their friends or rival schools. To the Akorinos and muslims of this world ignore the counsel if it goes against your tradition. Cousel i need 5 teachers in God Agulu Secondary in H Bay county please allocate out of the impending 10k teachers.

      • Francis

        My dear friend- I have taught high schools (girl’s only , boys only , mixed schools) and about 20yrs teaching university/ies. I have no idea what you are talking about.I can assure you that for most kids-high school and young women joining university have one and only one problem: AFFORDING SCHOOL/COLLEGE FEE AND HAVING CLOTHES/ANY CLOTHES ON THEIR BACK.Mini/short skirts are least of their problems.The young women at university save their money to educate their young sisters/brothers not buy MINI SKIRTS.I wonder what the minister is doing LOOKING AT OUR GIRLS BELOW/ABOVE THE KNEES-IT IS UN-AFRICAN.Leave that to Hon.Ngilu and Beth Mugo-they are the best suited to advise/comment (BEHIND CLOSED DOORS/IN THE KITCHEN AS OUR MOTHERS DID).It is not for a grandfather to yell about in public-YOU ARE SHAMING OUR CULTURE.

        • Kwabubi

          Thanks Francis,
          motherly ministers should comment. Kalonzo should concentrate on his daughters at his home instead of admiring our daughters above/below the knee.

          • Sanity

            As a daughter myself i am disgusted by the statement “unafrican” i don’t know how you can stand there and pretend to mount a moral high horse and it is quite clear in your day there were miniskirts in and out of school there are pictures and as for being unafrican have you ever been to South Africa? HAHAHAHA you will get the shock of your narrow minded lives those skirts are shorter than the one mutula unveiled, we are so conservative here you should appreciate that, also how can you say that only women deserve to solve the issue?
            How can you call yourself a parent fathers are the experts in fashion truth be told isnt that why there are no female comments on this post? Its also funny that you should say women should comment, how about you dont give your pathetic opinion?
            How you look at things depends on how you view yourselves dude and if you look like crap then everything else is. I cant believe that you can pretend that students should go along with everything what a JOKE! are you trying to tell us that in your day you were not concerned with these things liar liar liar! Everybody wants to look good i bet you wanted BOX hairstyle or and Afro right? Mutula is not focusing on our legs you sick minded perverts its his job as a minister to address every issue students face EVERY!!!! uniform is an education issue it is especially in this patriarchal state were women just have to go along with what people like you say what do you know about our issues? Really what do you know? Unless you are buying Always just shut up cause you are terribly inexperienced just like how your bad opinions are a sign of jealousy because your own school life was terribly bad and you had too look at people who were better and weep.
            Our uniform is an issue you guys just expect us to be matronly and then flip when ladies go to uni and wear handkerchiefs for skirts as they were never allowed to express themselves with proper direction. Mutula said short and you people were the first to assume mini, so really who is the PERVERT here?
            I hope you don’t have daughter’s i really do because you are quite clearly unable to begin to understand teenage girls.
            PS. Women don’t belong in the Kitchen because i am pretty sure that’s what you think.

      • Let them be shocked, students should understand that they are in school for a period – watavaa civilian mbaka wazoee. That’s the message that should be told to these students.

  • Jon

    Those calling for he girls to wear ‘short or mini skirts’ since our parents wore them need to know that our parents wore miniskirts not in school but outside the school. Schools are institutions of learning and upholding the highest discipline both in the dressing code and behavioural characters.It is not bad to wear mini-skirts at home for those who like the idea like the education minister,but not in schools where students come from different religious backgrounds as well as observing different cultural beliefs.The few students coming from wealthier families,or those brought up by single mothers and lack the guidance of the fatherhead should not stir up a revolt in schools to force all to wear miniskirts! The minister failed to show good leadership to the students by agreeing to their demands.

  • Uniforms are designed to standardize learning by removing social order pecking factors such as wealth, class and ‘fashion’ sense from school. A poor girl and a rich girl are seen as being ‘Uniform’ since it makes them equal. Meddling with Uniforms is playing with fire! Uniforms are designed to remove the mind of the youth from these things thereby bridging gaps in society. tweaking uniforms is missing the point totally as it will quickly degenerate to fashion shows and class wars. Mutula, wachana na wasichana wafocus on books and things that are relevant to them. Watavaa miniskirts and if they want Big Belts only later in life – no one will bother them.

  • Don Hulio

    kwasa kwasa .. kwasa

  • i agree with mutula but stop being horney to students.shot skirts yes but mini mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

  • Elijah Andika

    Mr Mutula should know that winning a debate is not a solution to this impending problem. Yes, our girls are not nuns but they must have good moral qualities in order for them to make better leaders of tomorrow. Mr. Mutula, you failed, and that is a fact.

  • Adagala solomon

    “That whosoever looks at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart” (Mat.5:28) so let school girls dress in modest uniform.” Hon. Minister, you have always talked well but what went wrong with your thinking facalties on this fateful day?”

    • Sanity

      Wow really thats what you have to say very insightful… not. God loves all and i can tell you misquoting the bible in this context is highly inapproriate, Girls want to look nice but there you are with a sackcloth to prevent the wandering eye.. hahahhahahahahahaha impressive deduction you must be a rocket scientist.

  • Concerned_Bystander

    The worrisome point in this issue is the mischief of the media. The Rwathia girls had new longer skirts and protested. The minister who was aware of the incident agreed with the girls on the acceptability of the former ‘short’ skirts. These skirts had been worn for years without complaint from the public. The Kenyan media, with its penchant to sensationalize every comment by politicians, deliberately chose the word “mini” to sting conservative sensitivities in the country and clearly succeeded. The minister’s clarification, from the responses below, clearly are not believed by the public and his reputation has certainly suffered by this. This reflects the power of the press in Kenya to create disharmony in its bid for greater sales and viewership whilst taking the non-discerning public for granted. Kenyans should not react to every item in the news without first checking the facts where available. Emotion without reason can be fatal.

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