Ugandan ministers to start taking Kiswahili language lessons
Uganda's cabinet, which sits every Monday and is chaired by the president, has resolved to start getting Kiswahili lessons for a few hours in the morning for the next one year. This is according to the country's First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for East African Community Affairs Rebecca Kadaga.
Kadaga, who was opening the ongoing second annual East African Court of Justice (EACJ) judicial conference in Kampala, said this will enable members to start holding meetings in Kiswahili.
Uganda approved Swahili as the second official language after English and instructed schools to make the teaching of the language compulsory.
Happy to host conference
Kadaga told the conference that Uganda was happy to host the conference as well as the forthcoming judicial sessions that will be held in Kampala next month.
She applauded the EAC member countries for enlarging the mandate of EACJ to include issues to do with the customs union arbitration.
The chief justices, judges and legal practitioners from the EAC states are attending the conference, which will be closed by President Yoweri Museveni on Friday.