Netizens have reacted harshly to American singer Ne-Yo’s dressing when he paid a courtesy call on President Hakainde Hichilema at State House on Friday.
The singer who is in the country as the guest artiste for the Stanbic Music Festival was in the company of Stanbic Bank Chief Executive, Mwindwa Siakalima, his team and some local artistes as he met the Head of State.
However, netizens have had a go at the Grammy award winner’s dress code.
The ‘Miss Independent’ singer spotted blue jeans with a black t-shirt and some slippers.
Zambians took to social media saying his dress code was disrespectful to the presidency.
One social media user blamed the Ministry of Youth , Sport and Arts.
“We blame handlers from Youth & Sport and State House. Meeting the President at State House has standards of etiquette and protocals.
It shows that somone has no regard for the presidency and at best showed disrespect.”
Another Facebooker said: “Ba Chalabesa Francis who served as Principal Private Secretary for KK, FJT partly with Mwanawasa, Sata and ECL would keep extra toes and jacket for guests improperly dressed ,”
Another user decided to blame Plot One.
“We won’t debate it the whole day…but what must be said need to be said. While the blame can be put on Stanbic organizers. Where was state house protocol team? I can’t even imagine any ZAMBIAN being allowed in side state house dressed like that. It’s a huge insult on the decorum of the Presidency and State House.”
Former Kabushi lawmaker Bowman Lusambo weighed in on the conversation.
Lusambo was particularly not impressed with the etiquette shown by the American artiste in the presence of the Head of State.
“What we saw today with Ne-Yo putting hands in his pockets as he was chatting with President Hichilema falls short of the norm and standards required,” the former lawmaker posted on his Facebook handle.
Ne-Yo is headlining this year’s Stanbic Music Festival.
WARNING! All rights reserved. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express permission from ZAMBIA MONITOR.