Cabinet has approved the establishment of the Uganda National Kiswahili Council.
Addressing the press on Tuesday, the Government Spokesperson Ofwono Opondo said that the decision was reached at on Monday during a cabinet meeting at State House.
According to the 1995 constitution, Swahili is the second official language of Uganda after English.
“The Constitution provides that we shall have two national languages [that is] English and Swahili but we have not been using Swahili. This council will be recruiting Swahili teachers who will be deployed to teach Swahili in schools,” Opondo said.
Adding that, “The council will also oversee the establishment of a policy, legal and institutional framework for setting standards for effective promotion, development and usage of Kiswahili at all levels.”
Uganda’s move to approve the establishment of the council is in fulfilment of Article137 (2) of the East African Community treaty.
The Council is meant to guide the planning process, implementation of interventions and allocation of resources to the usage and development of Kiswahili as a Lingua franca-a language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different.
It will also provide harmonization, coordination and collaboration among Ministries, Departments Agencies and stakeholders in the promotion, use and development in Uganda through registration of all the stakeholders in Kiswahili.