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Dress down: Felix Koskei injects style into civil service

By Mercy Simiyu December 5th, 2023 2 min read

Head of Public Service, Felix Koskei, has issued a groundbreaking directive urging civil servants to ditch the typical formal attire in favor of a more casual and stylish dress code.

The move comes as Kenya prepares to host the Africa YouthConnekt Summit from December 8-11, aiming to inject vibrancy and inclusivity into the workplace.

Mr Koskei took to his social media platforms to announce the initiative, encouraging civil servants to embrace a “dress-down” approach starting tomorrow until Jamhuri Day.

The directive aims to promote presentable casual wear that resonates with the dynamic spirit of the upcoming summit.

Specifically, Mr Koskei highlighted the importance of civil servants reflecting the vibes of the Africa YouthConnekt Summit through their clothing choices.

The directive seeks to redefine the traditional formal dress code and foster a more relaxed and inclusive atmosphere within the public service during this period.

This innovative initiative invites civil servants to showcase their national pride by donning jerseys from their favorite Kenyan or African sports teams.

Whether it’s athletics, Harambee Stars for football enthusiasts, Shujaa for rugby fans, or Malkia for volleyball supporters, the directive aims to cultivate unity and celebrate the excellence of African sports.

“Starting tomorrow until Jamhuri Day (December 12), let’s embrace dress down, stylish, and presentable casual wear, amplifying the Africa YouthConnekt Summit vibes that we’re proudly hosting from Dec. 8-11. Show your spirit by donning a jersey from your favorite Kenyan or African team – whether it’s Athletics, Harambee Stars, Shujaa, or Malkia. Let’s rock those jerseys with pride! @YouthConnektAf,” Mr. Koskei tweeted.

The Head of Public Service emphasized that attire will play a key role in expressing the collective spirit, urging civil servants to “show your spirit by donning a jersey from your favorite Kenyan or African team – whether it’s Athletics, Harambee Stars, Shujaa, or Malkia.”

Kenya will mark its 60th anniversary on December 12, and the celebration theme, “Kenya, Youth, Creative Economy, and Sports,” is set to infuse energy into the country.

Mr Koskei expressed his excitement about the YouthConnekt Africa Summit, a week-long festival bringing together over 20,000 young innovators, hustlers, creatives, and leaders across Africa to share ideas and address real-world challenges. The summit will culminate in celebrations on Jamhuri Day.

“I just kicked off the YouthConnekt Africa Summit, a lit🔥 week-long festival where 20,000+ young innovators, hustlers, creatives and leaders from all over Africa are uniting @KICC_kenya to drop ideas and solve real-world challenges from 8-11th culminating in Jamhuri Day,” he tweeted.