South Sudan to adopt Kiswahili as the official language

Salva Kiir and Magafuli

South Sudan which is a member of East Africa Community(EAC) has requested Tanzania to send Swahili teachers to South Sudan to introduce Kiswahili in its school curriculum and adopt it as an official language. The EAC Treaty calls for the promotion of Kiswahili as the main language to be used while dealing with regional issues.

This was revealed in a statement issued by Tanzania’s vice president Ms Samia Hassan on Tuesday after a meeting held with her South Sudan counterpart Taban Deng Gai on the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

South Sudan was admitted to the EAC in March 2016 and was made an official member in September the same year after depositing the instrument of ratification on the Accession to the Treaty with EAC Secretariat in Arusha.

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