Kiswahili is Tanzania’s main and official language but it is also spoken in almost all East African countries like Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda. It is also widely spoken in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Reverend Mezuwa Banda, Director of Education for the Livingstonia Synod in Northern Malawi, confirmed the development saying the Synod was only waiting for government’s approval.
“Preparations are underway to introduce the language, now we are just waiting for government’s nod as you know government has its own procedures and its own things it looks into before giving a go-ahead” said Reverend Banda.
According to Reverend Banda, the Synod believes the development will boost trade between Malawi and the East African nations.
“We believe if accepted this will increase business opportunities between Malawi and Tanzania and other East African nations like Kenya and Uganda,” he explained.
A survey conducted in 2007 by a Tanzanian environmental and developmental journalist Gerald Kitabu revealed that on average 170 Malawians cross the border every day to Tanzania’s towns of Kyela, Tunduma and Dar es Salaam city to buy assorted items for business in Malawi while 60 Tanzanians cross to Malawi with different merchandises.
Most Malawian traders find problems to communicate while in Tanzania because the country promotes their Kiswahili language and very few speak foreign languages including English.
Currently, Tanzania through the East African Community (EAC) is pushing for Kiswahili to be an official African Union (AU) language.
credit Felie Mzumara, Nyasa Times via nyasatimes.com