Lawmakers in Tanzania have been banned from entering parliament with fake nails and eye lashes.

Tanzanian lawmakers will no longer be able to come and go as they please and dressed as they want in carrying out their duties in parliament.

Speaker of the Tanzania Parliament Job Ndugai told the media he had imposed the ban after Deputy Health Minister Faustine Ndugulile had raised concerns about the health risks posed by fake nails and eye lashes.

“The ban would also apply to visitors to parliament,” he said.

Apart from by fake nails and eye lashes, Tanzanian lawmakers are also prohibited from wearing short dresses and jeans to parliament.

Only ‘lazy people’ use birth control – Magufuli

Meanwhile, Tanzanian President John Magufuli has condemned the use of contraception and urged Tanzanians to continue reproducing.

Speaking during a public rally on Sunday, Magufuli said only ‘lazy people’ use birth control.

Tanzanian President John Magufuli

“You have cattle. You are big farmers. You can feed your children. Why then resort to birth control? This is my opinion; I see no reason to control births in Tanzania.

“Those going for family planning are lazy because they are afraid they will not be able to feed their children,” President Magufuli is quoted by The Citizen newspaper as saying.

He cited the declining population growth in parts of Europe that has led to a workforce crisis.

Tanzania is currently the most populous east African nation with a population of around 60 million people, up from 10 million at independence in 1961.