President Michael Sata has likened education minister John Phiri to a bandit because of his totally shaven head.
Totally shaved heads gained popularity among men in the 1980s and since then, the hair cut has been adopted by many people. Though haircuts have evolved over the years, the clean shaven head has become a permanent feature for some people.
Some historical facts show that short hair or totally shaven head was a sign of bondage and slavery. It therefore, followed that when people in authority demanded that a man keep or cut his hair or shave his face, the purpose in doing so was to require the clipped man to openly demonstrate his obedience and subservience to them.
This assertion implied that every place where haircuts were imposed was a sign of enforced conformity and obedience.
Speaking at a swearing ceremony for members of the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) at State House on Thursday, President Sata wondered why Phiri and some members of the Commission had totally shaved their heads.
He said the Ministry of Education and the TSC needed serious people since they were dealing with young people who were involved in exam leakages and many other vices.
President Sata asked Phiri why he had totally shaved his head and asked him whether he feared to expose his grey hair.
He said he did not like Phiri’s haircut as he looked like a bandit and urged him to maintain his natural hair.