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Official Govt documents to be translated to Kiswahili

26 March 2015, 15:33

Nairobi - The National assembly passed a Bill that dictates that all official government documents be translated to Kiswahili.

The Bill, which was sponsored by Taita Taveta County, representative Hon. Joyce Wanjala Lay was passed during the Wednesday morning session in the assembly.

The Bill was unanimously endorsed by the House. The new constitution passed in 2010  recognizes both Kiswahili and English as national languages, though Kiswahili has been sidelined and treated as inferior to English.

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Government officers will be required to translate their documents to Kiswahili in order to enhance public participation as many people are conversant with the language.

They cited an example of the constitution draft where Kisawahili version was the most distributed.

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