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Power paraphernalia confusion
Ap Tsara, April 18, 2013
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Wai! The use of kabneys confuses us yet again. As the first democratically elected government is set to dissolve tomorrow, there abound speculations of what kabneys our parliamentarians will wear.

Although the Election Law makes it clear that no candidates will wear kabneys during public campaigns, it leaves unclear whether the parliamentarians can use the scarves they have been using for the past five years for official purposes, or whether they could retain the kabneys if they lose in the election.

There’s some agreement among people that the blue should automatically switch to white during the interim period or if lost in the election. But what about the orange robes?

Some argue that those who were ministers before 2008 have the right to wear the orange scarves while those after 2008 must forgo the robe. If that’s the case, since most of the ministers were elected again in 2008, it is only logical that they too must hang up the robe and turn to white as is the case with the parliamentarians who are draped in blue.

There’s nothing against the use of kabneys of colours. But when people with coloured kabney grow in numbers every five years the streets could soon be awash with the colours of a rainbow.

Kabneys are good insofar as differentiating the position is concerned. But when there’s one too many, in a close-knit society like ours, it could create more of a social divide.

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