….also targets Muslim women and bans dreadlocks
Malawi Savings Banks (MSB), whose sale caused a lot of controversy last year, has banned all female employees from wearing miniskirts.
The ban on miniskirts is one of the prohibitions contained in a new dress code that lays out specific rules for both male and female employees of the bank.
Some of the clothes and appearances the bank considers inappropriate are also contained in an inter-office memo on dress code signed by MSB head of human resources Richard Kunjawa and addressed to the bank’s branch managers, section managers, and Exco members.
As part of the new dress code, women working at the bank are not allowed to wear garments that are unnecessarily revealing such as miniskirts and dresses as well as sleeveless blouses and dresses.
The bank has also targeted Muslim women by banning headgears while all employees are not allowed to sport multicolored hairstyles or dreadlocks.
MSB management has also taken the liberty of prohibiting male employees from wearing saggy trousers.
The internal memo Kunjawa sent to the managers also emphasizes that the superiors have one last chance to make sure their juniors observe the dress code or the bank will take disciplinary action against the supervisors.