KISWAHILI FOR TANZANIA’S TRIUMPH.
BY GOODLUCK PAUL.
Kiswahili as a language spoken mainly in East and Central Africa as well as various other parts of sub-Saharan Africa, has a great history and tremendous contribution in socio, political and economic triumph in Tanzania. It wasn’t only used as a lingua franca by Tanzanian freedom fighters but also its usage has been prevailing since independence of the united countries (Tanganyika and Zanzibar) which formed Tanzania.
It is appealing to patriotic essence that, Kiswahili has been a symbol of unity and nation’s oneness for development. “It was it is, and it will still be” the Tanzanian tool to fight tribalism and bring national remedy in social, political and economic spheres. Due to that fact, Tanzania ought to embark on intensive evaluation on how far she has utilized this precious resource.
The number of Kiswahili speakers has been increasing all over the continent and the world at large, this has made Kiswahili become the leading most spoken languages in Africa, in accordance to the ranking published in the forum “Africa-facts”. That is to say, Tanzania is not the only country depending on this language although she has a greatest number of Swahili speakers than all other countries which speak Kiswahili such as Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Southern Somalia, Congo DRC, and Comoro Islands.
This creates the environment of competing to opportunities which are created by Kiswahili language. Kiswahili stakeholders argue that Tanzanians have not yet decided to be enthusiastic and embrace exhaustively the opportunities provided by Kiswahili in macroscopic level.
Tanzanian Minister of Information, culture, arts and Sports Dr. Harrison Mwakyembe, when visited Baraza la Kiswahili Tanzania (BAKITA), on 15, August 2017, directed this Kiswahili promoting organ to help young Kiswahili experts in straightening the crooked avenue of how to utilize Kiswahili for development.
Chama Cha Kiswahili cha Afrika Mashariki (CHAWAKAMA), via their leader in the University of Dar es salaam Mr. Dyoniz Kindata, has argued that Kiswahili is a precious resource as its significances like creating employment for teachers, translators and interpreters, as well as artists who can offer services in international scope are remarkable.
For the matter of fact, the doctrine of disvaluing the status of Kiswahili and viewing it as a language of lower class in Tanzania is absolutely an absurd and contrary to reality due to uncounted number of opportunities and significances Kiswahili can bring to its speakers.